Higher education institutions in England experienced their first decline in enrollment of foreign students in nearly 30 years, according to the latest report by HEFCE–The Higher Education Funding Council for England.
The decline is primarily attributed to decline in two primary segments–
1) students from Indian and Pakistan enrolling in postgraduate taught masters courses in STEM related fields (halved since 2010)
2) European Union (EU) undergraduate students (who now have to pay the same increased fees as UK students)
This again points out the shifts in mobility of international students based on factors like cost of education, employment potential and immigration prospects. It also supports that institutions need to be strategic and proactive in planning and diversifying their enrollment strategies.
Here are the key charts indicating the data on trends related to international student enrollment in the UK from HEFCE report entitled “Global demand for English higher education: An analysis of international student entry to English higher education courses.”
Postgraduate (master’s) Enrollment
– For last couple of years postgraduate students have been declining
– In 2012-13, three out of four students in full-time taught masters entrants were from outside the UK (including other EU countries)
– Number of undergraduate students from EU countries dropped sharply
– In 2012-13, one out of six students in full-time taught masters entrants were from outside the UK (including other EU countries)
Dr. Rahul Choudaha