Our response to HESA enrolment statistics

Destination for Education has reacted to the decline in the number of international students studying in the UK reported by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA) today. 

Jack Rivers, a spokesperson for Destination for Education, said:

“As Britain leaves the European Union, it is vital that government does everything it can to promote the UK’s universities to international students and promote our education industry, the UK’s 7th largest export, contributing £26bn to the UK per year. 

The global higher education industry is hugely competitive, and while student numbers coming to the UK continue to fall, the global market has grown by c. 34% since 2010, with Australia forecasted to overtake the UK as the world’s second largest destination for higher education. 

It is time for the government to work collaboratively with the higher education sector so that we can promote the UK as a place to study and overcome the barriers that are dissuading prospective international students. We hope that the forthcoming immigration legislation will provide an opportunity for the government to safeguard Britain’s place as one of the world’s leading higher education providers.”

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Destination for Education is backed by a broad range of supporters, including: The UK’s leading universities; Pathway providers who help prepare international students for study in the UK; Business representatives; Campaign groups.