AMIDST BREXIT, THE UK AIMS TO BOOST THE NUMBER OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS BY 2030

The United Kingdom government has announced a new International Education Strategy outlining two ambitious targets for 2030. As the UK is prepping up to leave the European Union, it is taking significant steps to reach out to global markets and maximize the potential of the International Education sector. The UK is one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to education. Hence, the government aims to tap its potential to boost the number of overseas students and eventually generate revenue through education export.

The United Kingdom government has announced a new International Education Strategy outlining two ambitious targets for 2030. As the UK is prepping up to leave the European Union, it is taking significant steps to reach out to global markets and maximize the potential of the International Education sector. The UK is one of the leading countries in the world when it comes to education. Hence, the government aims to tap its potential to boost the number of overseas students and eventually generate revenue through education export.

For this, the Department of Education and the Department for International Trade has set the following goals.

  1. Increase the value of Education Export to £35 billion per year by 2030.
  2. Increase the number of international students to 600,000 studying in the UK by 2030

At present, the UK hosts nearly 460,000 international higher education students and generates around £20 billion per year through education exports. It is estimated that in order to meet the goals set by the new International Education Strategy, an average growth of 4% through 2030 will be required. The UK government with its reformed International Education Strategy is working towards raising its education segment into the global markets. Along with retaining its existing market, they are trying to build a stronghold in markets like Asia, Africa, and Latin America; paving a way for themselves to become world-leaders in the Education Sector.

Key Points from the New International Education Strategy:

  • Extension of post-study work visa up to 6 months for undergraduate and postgraduate students, and up to 12 months for Ph.D. scholars. The current rules allow all the students to work for up to 4 months and Ph.D. students to apply for an extension of one year.
  • The students will also be allowed to apply for the skilled work visa three months before their course ends. This will simplify the process of obtaining the skilled work visa for the students who wish to opt for it after the completion of their course.

Strategic Actions to maximize the potential of Education Export

To meet the targets laid by the new International Education Strategy, the following strategic actions will be enforced.

  • An International Education Champion will be appointed to lead the overseas activities, look for opportunities in new and established markets, and develop a strong international partnership.
  • Ensure the overseas educational policy reaches out to the international audience and prospective market.
  • Create a warm environment for international students. Address their concerns like post-study leave period, employment support, visa process, and further work to resolve the same.
  • Implement a formalized structure to improve coordination between the international education sector and government departments both domestically and overseas.

The new International Education Strategy announced by the government aims to strengthen the UK’s status as world-leaders in the education sector and support international students with higher education and employment. Thus, they plan to become the first choice for overseas education among students across the globe.

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