International Student Recruitment
Published on 1 Dec 2013
In 2012 over 300,000 non-EU students attended courses at UK Higher Education Institutions (HEI's) collectively paying £3.2 billion in course fees. As approximately 40% of these students were recruited through agents, over £120 million in commission was paid to student recruitment agencies. The number of non-EU students choosing UK HEI's is increasing at 6.2% per year, meaning that the UK remains one of the most lucrative and profitable markets.
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‘Befriending international students has enriched my university life,’ says a student. Photograph: Alamy
At the last count, international students made up around a fifth of undergraduates in the uk; drawn to UK universities because they provide “excellent courses with a strong focus on job-readiness,” according to Maddalaine Ansell, chief executive of University Alliance.
But how do home students perceive their global peers?
A new survey, commissioned by the Higher Education Policy Institute (Hepi) and the Higher Education Academy (HEA), asked a representative sample of over 1,000 UK undergraduates about their experiences of studying alongside international students.
Here’s what the survey found:
- Most (86%) undergraduate students in the UK said they study alongside international students.
- A majority of students (54%) think international students work “much harder” or “a little harder” than home students and only 4% think they work “less hard” or “much less hard”.
- Over three-quarters of respondents (78%) say studying alongside people from other countries is “useful preparation for working in a global environment”.
- One-in-four students think international students need more attention from lecturers (26%) and slow down the class due to language issues (25%), but most (65%) disagree that the presence of international students reduces the quality of the academic discussions.
- The majority of students (75%) don’t care about whether their lecturers come from other countries. Students in the north-east are the least keen on international staff, with 6% wanting to have some lecturers from abroad and 17% per cent hoping they do not. Those studying in Scotland are the most in favour, with 22% hoping to have some lecturers from abroad.
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We asked home students to share their views on the benefits of having international students on campus.
Published on Feb 10, 2015
Ten years ago student recruitment was simply about school visits, open days and a big paper prospectus. This presentation shares recruitment strategies for the new age.
Published in: Education
UK universities and colleges that sponsor international students to study in the UK will be subject to tougher rules from November 2014, as part of new UK visa regulations set out by the Home Office. UK universities, colleges and schools, both public and private, currently on the Tier 4 sponsor register will be affected.
These new UK visa regulations come as part of the government’s wider efforts to control immigration and clamp down on visa abuse. Writing in an article in The Telegraph, Prime Minister David Cameron said the current coalition government had so far closed down over 750 bogus colleges and were continuing to focus on ensuring institutions properly vet their international student recruitment process.
“Today we are announcing a further step to make sure colleges do proper checks on students,” David Cameron explained in the article. “If 10% of those they recruit are refused visas, they will lose their license.”
More rigorous vetting of international applicants
This change will force UK universities to be more thorough in their approach to international student recruitment, making a commitment to ensure each applicant has a true intention of studying, the financial means to complete their studies, and possession of all the required qualifications and documents.
After doing some independent research for my last article on German, a country that I am growing to like as I learn more about it, I decided to find out what other countries offer higher education in English. Sure, America has the best universities in the world. The United Kingdom has some of the oldest, most established institutions ever. Canada and Japan have world authorities in their respective fields teaching in their universities. These are all fantastic options for higher education, but they have one thing that the following list of countries doesn’t have: tuition fees.
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Geoff Maslen31 January 2014 Issue No:305
Nearly five million international students are likely to be studying for degrees outside their own countries this year in what has become one of humanity’s great mass movements.
Since 2000, when 2.1 million students left home to enrol in a foreign college or university, the number has increased by a staggering 140%, an average of 10% every year.
According to the most recent (2011) statistics, the United States attracts the most foreign students with 16.5% of the total enrolled overseas. In terms of their power of attraction, the US was followed by the United Kingdom with 13%, Germany 6.3%, France 6.2% and Australia 6.1%.
These five countries hosted about half of all higher education students pursuing their studies abroad in 2011. But, as the numbers going abroad has risen, so the share of international students choosing the US has fallen – from almost 23%, or 475,000 students in 2000, to 16.5% or 710,000 in 2011.
Top five source countries
China, of course, has become the world’s giant with more of its students studying abroad than any other country. Some 723,000 mainland Chinese were undertaking degree courses in a foreign country in 2011 – nearly one in six of all these internationally mobile young people.
The next biggest source countries were India, with 223,000 or 5.2% of the overseas degree-seekers, South Korea with 138,600 or 3.2%, Germany with 132,000 or 3.1% and France with 79,600 or 1.9%. The five nations accounted for 30% or 1.3 million of the international students away from their homes.
One in four of the Chinese students enrolled outside China chose the US, followed by those going to Japan with 13%, Australia 12.5%, Britain 10% and Korea 6.6%.
Australia’s heavy reliance on Asian students to boost its university coffers with their fees is shown by the startling fact that they account for more than eight in every 10 international students enrolled in Australian institutions in 2011. When these numbers fall, as they have in the past, individual institutions can come close to going bankrupt.
Yojana Sharma reports on a 92-page document on mobility in the Asia Pacific, released by UNESCO Bangkok last Wednesday, that highlights the growing significance of Asia in this area, as in so many others. The report points out that 53% of the world’s mobile students are now from Asia.
In this special series on the topic of mobility, University World News correspondents describe the flow of students away from and into different countries. They also highlight the marked contrast, in Western countries especially, between the number of foreigners they enrol and the far smaller proportion of their own students willing to go beyond their borders. In Commentary, we also have an article focusing on student mobility in Asia.
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