Fewer students go to the UK
A new study from British Council entitled "International student mobility to 2027: Local investment, global outcomes" examines how the student mobility landscape will change for UK institutions over the next decade. Growth in outbound mobility of international students is predicted to slow from 5.7 percent annual average growth (from 2000 to 2015) to 1.7 percent annual average growth to 2027.
Visas and student safety are often cited as influencing the sector, but the impact of domestic investment on global student mobility has been profound. More countries developing their higher education offer gives young people more choices. Historically students have gone overseas due to insufficient capacity or quality education at home. "As students reconsider the concept of high-quality education to include factors like return on investment and employability, the UK is at a disadvantage given its current visa policy and the emergence of diverse and attractive offers from new higher education destinations," says report author Zainab Malik, who is also research director for Education Intelligence, the British Council’s global higher education research service.
The report provides advice for UK institutions: Within an increasingly competitive marketplace, UK institutions must widen their internationalisation strategies. They will need to consider different partnerships and forms of overseas delivery as well as directly recruiting students.