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International students in UK higher education: the UK and its competition

Report coverInternational students are vital to the UK higher education sector, and by extension the UK's standing in an increasingly competitive global market.

The UK higher education sector's reputation remains strong internationally, but recent immigration reforms have generated both opportunities and threats for the successful recruitment of overseas students, potentially impacting the funding environment for the UK's universities.

This report analyses recent trends in international student recruitment, and recommends that government:

• launch an international student growth strategy

• communicate a consistent message that the UK is welcoming to international students

• remove students from any net migration target

• enhance post-study work opportunities for international graduates


The team

Jo Attwooll

Jo Attwooll

Programme Manager
Universities UK

Davina Foord

Davina Foord

Policy Researcher
Universities UK

Daniel Hurley

Dan Hurley

Programme Manager
Universities UK

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