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International education is one of the UK’s greatest exports

26 April 2017

Many people don’t realise the impact international education has, not just on students but on the economy. 

Around the world, education institutions are providing high quality education to international students, giving them a global perspective and expert knowledge when it comes to gaining employment after graduation.  In fact, 55 current heads of state around the world benefited from an education in the UK*.

International students also bring with them tuition fees, which contribute to universities’ global impact, plus annual spending on accommodation and living costs. In the UK, international students generate £25.8bn a year for the economy, supporting over 200,000 jobs across the UK. With this being an emerging sector, the potential is there for it to grow even further - the OECD forecasts that the number of international students will rise to 8 million in 2025, compared to 5 million in 2016.

However, a constraint to this growth is the UK’s controversial immigration policy, which includes international students in net migration figures and therefore exposes them to further restrictions. The HE Bill has been passed through the Lords and will go to the House of Commons for a vote on the critical amendment (150) that would have the effect of removing international students from the targets.

To highlight the economic benefits of international education, Study Group and the other leading pathway providers in the UK, (known as Destination for Education) have launched a campaign to support removing international students from the net migration targets.

The campaign has launched on Facebook  and Twitter, you can also visit the Destination for Education website for more information.

As of 25th April 2017, the video has already been viewed more than 24,200 times on Facebook, and the link to ‘contact your MP’ has been clicked over 700 times. On Twitter, the advert has been seen over 13,500 times, showing this is a campaign already gaining traction.


*Source: Higher Education Policy Institute


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