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UK Universities Expect A Surge In The Number Of International Students

The universities across the UK are to expect a surge in the number of international students coming to study in the country next year.

The universities across the UK are to expect a surge in the number of international students coming to study in the country next year.

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A loss of up to 460 million pounds in income from students from east Asia might also be encountered in the forthcoming year. It is anticipated that a decrease of 20 per cent of students from East Asia would come up to 12 per cent of total international student numbers.

Many institutions are making the wrong assumptions regarding the decline in student numbers. A new survey revealed that almost 40 per cent of students coming from China, one the UK`s largest source of overseas students have yet to decide.

The author of the report for the British Council, Matt Durnin, said: “Prospective international students are facing a lot of uncertainty, but many are clearly trying to find a way to keep their overseas study plans.”

According to the new survey, about 14,000 way less international students from eight major countries, including China, Singapore and Malaysia are likely to come to the UK in 2020/21 following the coronavirus pandemic.

The survey also revealed that 29 per cent of prospective students stated that they would probably delay or cancel their plans to study in the UK. A number of postgraduate applicants have opted to postpone the start of their studies until next year.

Jo Grady, the UCU`s general secretary, said: “The current wait-and-see approach from ministers is exacerbating the crisis for prospective students and putting tens of thousands of jobs at universities and in the wider economy at risk.

“Universities are focusing their efforts on trying to get as many students through their doors in September, yet they are refusing to listen to students in the UK and abroad who say they are worried about what their education will look like and even if their chosen institution can ride out the crisis.”

In line with the findings of the British Council, the sector may take up to three or four years to recover from the huge negative impact of the coronavirus pandemic.

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