A new study published by the British Council reveals that the number of international students who are set to enrol in UK universities are projected to rise faster than the enrolment of overseas students anywhere in the world. The report predicts that there will be 30,000 more enrolments of international students per year by 2020. The biggest growth of enrolees from this group will be from India. The rest will come from China, Nigeria, Malaysia, Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.
Another trend mentioned in the report is the projected increase in the collaboration for international research partnerships and collaborative ventures with overseas universities and colleges. This is a crucial factor for universities that seek to maintain and improve their position in the global league table rankings.
However, the UK will face strong competition especially from the US and Canada amidst recent moves by the Government that are seen as restrictive to Higher Education such as higher university tuition fees and tougher visa rules which will set how many international students can study in the UK, and how long they can stay. These have a potential negative impact on the decision of many international students to study in British universities.
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