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Reaction to the government’s plans to assess impact of international students

25 August 2017

​ Commenting on the news that the UK government is to commission a detailed assessment of the social and economic impact of international students in the UK, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, says: 

“We welcome the Government’s commitment to a detailed examination of the net benefits of international students. This is an opportunity to build on the considerable evidence that shows that international students have a very positive impact on the UK economy and local communities.

The UK currently welcomes 437,000 overseas students, making us the second most popular destination for international students after the US. Our research shows international student satisfaction in the UK is higher than in the USA, Canada, Australia, Germany or the Netherlands. The UK is the most recommended study destination at every level, when compared to our key competitors. Many students return home having built strong professional and personal links to the UK which remain long after they graduate. Others successfully apply for visas to undertake graduate jobs, adding to the contribution they make to the UK and enhancing their own career prospects.

These international students enrich our campuses and the experience of UK students. Research by HEPI and HEA shows that over three-quarters of students agree that studying alongside people from other countries is useful preparation for working in a global environment. 76% agree that it gives them a better world view. Exceptional levels of student engagement in the sector-wide #WeAreInternational campaign further underlines how UK students welcome their international counterparts.”

Notes to Editors

Universities UK International and iGraduate research on international student satisfaction can be found here.

HEPI and HEA report What do home students think of studying with international students? can be found here.

More information on the #WeAreInternational campaign can be found here.

Information for those interested in studying in the UK can be found via the Study UK: Discover You website here.

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Clara Plackett

Clara Plackett

Senior Press and Social Media Officer
Universities UK

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