Its key findings are that the UK Higher Education sector is:
• The second most popular in the world for international students – 13% of all international students – and educates hundreds of thousands of students in their home countries.
• A destination of choice for students across a wide range of subjects – in each of Business, Engineering &
technology, Computer science and Law more than 20% of the students are international.
• International in its makeup – 24% of all academic HE staff and 16.8% of students in the UK are international.
• Second in the world for research quality and highly efficient - producing more articles and citations per pound
of university research funding than other leading nations.
• Second in the world for university-business collaboration.
• More successful at earning EU research funding through FP7 than any other higher education sector in
• Increasing research collaboration – 46% of articles have an international co-author.
• Successful in a growing global landscape - worldwide students enrolled outside their country of citizenship have more than doubled since 2000.
• The second most popular destination in the world for PhD students.
The UK HE sector achieves all this with a smaller proportion of GDP invested in higher education and research
than the OECD average.