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Student support

It would appear that the debate about a foreign language as a core objective is being regarded as a contentious issue between the Education, Training & Membership Committee and the Graduates & Students National Committee. This is not strictly true. I stated at the ET&M meeting on Wednesday 8 July that GSNC welcomed this proposal but would like to see it introduced as a specific objective, ie dependent on the employer's business needs. Considerable discussion has occurred within GSNC.

GSNC is keen to support proposals made by the Institution but does feel this issue has been brought in without sufficient consultation. I have friends working overseas who develop language skills as and when required by their business needs. This is surely the professional approach. The image of a 'very pink world' (Letters, 16 July) is not the attitude taken by GSNC, indeed we fully support the Institution developing its international standing because it can only offer greater career opportunities.

Jonathan Clarke, (G), 45 Reservoir Road, Whitstable, Kent CT5 1LY.

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