Skip to SearchSkip to ContentSkip to Footer
Home > Policy and analysis > Reports > International Higher Education in Facts and Figures 2013

International Higher Education in Facts and Figures 2013

25 September 2013

This report analyses new data on international higher education, from a variety of sources.

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 Europe.

• 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.


​Time is running out to save Erasmus+: Losing study abroad scheme would blow a hole in UK economic prospects

9 March 2020
More than 17,000 UK university students are hoping that the UK Government can negotiate continued involvement in Erasmus+ in its trade discussions with the European Union so they can develop important and necessary skills overseas next year.

Universities UK response to UK-EU trade negotiations proposals

27 February 2020
​Today (Thursday 27 February), UK Government has set out its position for UK-EU negotiations over future trade agreements, with student mobility and research programmes an important part of the discussions.


Supporting LGBT students studying overseas

10 March 2020
Stonewall's Emma Kosmin on steps universities can take to provide support for LGBT students studying overseas.

Higher education policy priorities for the new prime minister

31 July 2019
UUK's Karmjit Kaur on how new Prime Minister Boris Johnson can can help maximise the role of universities for both his domestic and global ambitions.