Universities UK released a research report “International students in higher education: the UK and its competition” that highlights latest enrollment and mobility trends with international (non-European Union) students. This comprehensive report provides an excellent backdrop to issues and challenges UK universities and colleges are facing in a competitive environment of international student recruitment. International students are critical to finances of the higher education sector as it gets around one-eighth of its income from international students’ tuition fees. Here are three interesting data points from the report:
1. Number of international students grew post 9/11, however, it stagnated post global financial recession.
2. China and Malaysia have high proportion of undergraduate students as compared to India and Nigeria at Postgraduate Taught (master’s level).
3. Institutions continue to experience decline with India an Nigeria along with China slowing down too.