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Universities UK, International students in UK higher education: the UK and its competition, Universities UK, London, 2014. ISBN: 978-1-84036-325-8. Pages: 42
This report analyses UK recent trends in international (non-EU) student enrolments, in the context of an increasingly competitive market where competitors – including the United States, Australia, Canada, New Zealand and Germany – are implementing policies and investments to attract more international students. In particular, the study points out to the decreasing trend in overseas entrants, experienced after 2010, following several reforms to the immigration system. This, coupled with certain policy changes making the UK less competitive in attracting international students, and an absence of a formal government commitment to grow student numbers, has led to the recently experiencing stagnation. The report further assesses the potential impact of recent changes on the universities, in terms of both course provision and wider funding environment, and it finally provides a set of recommendations to the UK government.