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The scale of UK higher education transnational education 2017-18

The third edition of our annual 'Scale of UK higher education transnational education' report uses data from the Higher Education Statistics Agency to analyse the complex story of UK TNE delivery, including regional breakdowns.





Key findings of the report include: 

  •  139 higher education providers reported students studying through TNE in 2017−18, this is more providers than ever before

  • There were 693,695 students on UK higher education TNE programmes in 2017-18 

  • For the first time on record there has been a decrease in the total number of reported students: 14,220 fewer students, a decrease of 2%. However, if the three main providers of distance, flexible and blended TNE are excluded (which together make up 52% of total student numbers), there were 6,355 more TNE students, which equals growth of 2% year on year

  • UK TNE was delivered in 225 countries and territories in 2017−18

  • Of all regions, it is the European Union which has shown the strongest growth

  • Asia hosted nearly 50% of students, followed by Africa (21%), the European Union (11%) and the Middle East (9%). 

Download the report here.

Read last year's report here.

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