DfE notes strength of Higher Education as an export

The Department for Education has released its latest research report on the  ‘UK revenue from education related exports and transnational education activity 2010-2014’

Responding to the report, Sue Edwards, a spokesperson for Destination for Education, said:

“We welcome the release of today’s report from the Department for Education which recognises the importance of Higher Education as an export for the UK economy, which supports jobs and livelihoods for British workers.

We note however that the data used in the report does not fully capture the contribution of pathway providers to this sector. We are also concerned the report fails to capture the recent decline in international student numbers, a decline which is having a real impact on jobs across our regions, and could see the UK fall behind Australia as a destination for international students.

Current policy is deterring international students from studying in the UK and so we urge the Government to work with the sector so that we can form a policy which is tough, clear and free from abuse, and supports UK universities so that they can compete on the global stage.”

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