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- Cross-pond university applications show massive post-September 11 increase
BRITISH graduates have applied in greater numbers than ever before to do post-grad study in America in the aftermath of September 11, according to the Fulbright Commission, a body which organises reciprocal education links.
"We had worried there might have been a downturn after September 11," said James Moore the commission's executive director. "But the fear factor doesn't seem to have had any impact at all."
Instead, applications by British students to take part in Fulbright's programme have leapt by 30 per cent, and applications by their American counterparts to study over here have gone up by around 2 per cent.
The Fulbright Commission has a star-studded back catalogue of Atlantic crossing students, including authors Malcolm Bradbury and Peter Ackroyd and poet Sylvia Plath. President Bush and prime Minister Blair have both backed the scheme. Bush said: "The attacks of September 11 have given the Fulbright Commission new meaning," and Blair agreed that "its role has never been more important than now."