UUK response to government commitment to detailed study on international students

24 August 2017
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Responding to the government's commitment to a detailed study on international students, Alistair Jarvis, Chief Executive of Universities UK, commented:​

"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.

"Recent research by Oxford Economics showed that international students generate more than £25 billion for the economy and support over 200,000 jobs in communities across the UK.

"International students also enrich our campuses and the experience of UK students, culturally as well as economically. Many return home having built strong professional and personal links that provide long term soft-power benefits to the UK."

ENDS

Notes to editors

  1. A recent ComRes poll revealed that the majority of British public would like to see the same number or more international students.
  1. Universities UK's recent release on the economic impact of international students can be found on the Universities UK website.
  1. Universities UK is the representative organisation for the UK's universities. Founded in 1918, its mission is to be the definitive voice for all universities in the UK, providing high quality leadership and support to its members to promote a successful and diverse higher education sector. With 136 members and offices in London, Cardiff (Universities Wales) and Edinburgh (Universities Scotland), it promotes the strength and success of UK universities nationally and internationally. Visit: www.universitiesuk.ac.uk

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