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A new report, entitled UK Universities and Europe: Competition and Internationalisation, jointly produced by the Europe Unit and the UK HE International Unit was launched on 31 March at the House of Commons. The study takes a look at UK’s main European competitors for international students. According to the publication, while UK is a successful story in the internationalisation of higher education – being the second biggest recruiter of international students after the US - many European countries are quickly catching up. More precisely, Germany poses a "current and future competitive threat" to the UK, the Netherlands represents a "medium-term" threat, while Sweden and Switzerland should be watched carefully too, argues the study.
The report examines the various “pull factors” employed elsewhere in Europe and makes a series of practical recommendations for UK universities to maintain their top-position within Europe, in recruiting international students. It suggests British universities should:
Print copies of the report can be requested at firstname.lastname@example.org.