September 26, 2014
Just in time for party conference season, Universities UK has released International students in UK higher education: the UK and its competition which pointed to ‘concerning’ trends in international student recruitment. This report covered a lot of what we already know; recent changes relating to course provision and the wider funding environment have had and continue to have a detrimental impact on the UK’s position.
Hobsons’ second annual International Student Survey Beyond the Data: influencing international student decision making supports many of the findings of Universities UK. UUK’s publication references Hobsons’ research into the perceived attractiveness of the UK higher education sector and the factors influencing this. We found from our research, a country’s attitude towards international students and whether they can expect a warm welcome in the country is one of the most important factors for applicants when they are selecting a country to study in.
The UUK report is very clear that the policies of the current government, particularly the restrictions placed upon international student with regards to their post study work options, have had a detrimental effect on the perceived attractiveness of the UK as a destination of study. The numbers of international students have decreased in the last two years, which compares badly to the ever increasing numbers travelling to our ‘competitor’ nations year by year.