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BUILA event leverages opportunity for UK HE

A new international strategy from UCAS, significant opportunity in markets such as Indonesia and Iraq and a revelatory update from Universities UK all featured in a information-loaded BUILA annual conference last week. Organisations working hard to boost the sector's international capabilities interacted with delegates in the Scottish capital.

UK: non-EU undergraduate applications up by 6%

Non-European Union undergraduate applications submitted by the June deadline have climbed 6%, in a sign that toughened visa policies are not deterring students at tertiary level. However, Dominic Scott, CEO at UKCISA, said that the figures only represented a proportion of the overall market, and that the sector continued "to hold its breath" about enrolments in the autumn.

UK: non-EU applications rise despite visa fears

International applications to UK universities rose 9.6% by the January deadline, UCAS revealed today, defying fears that tougher visa policies are damaging the country's appeal as a study destination. Observers welcomed the growth but cautioned that new interviews of students by border officials this year could harm final enrolments.

New applications system to fight fraud, UK

An automated system for international students and agents applying to UK universities has been launched in a bid to speed up the process and stamp out fraud. Centurus ONE cuts out paper-based processing and creates a "data trail". It has already been used to process 2,000 applications at the University of Glyndwr’s London campus.

UK: non-EU undergrad acceptances steady in 2012

Acceptances of non-EU students to UK undergraduate courses remained stable this year, based on UCAS end of cycle figures, in a further sign that interest in the tertiary sector is somewhat cushioned by tougher visa policies. But others warn market share is falling and that an enrolment slide could hit HE next year.

UK: non-EU undergraduate applications fall

Non-EU applications to British universities at undergraduate level have fallen for the first time in six years in a further sign that the government’s visa regime is starting to deter students at tertiary level. UCAS figures up to mid November show early applications for 2013 down by 0.8%, when applications recieved at this point last year were up 11%.

UK-based internationals vital, say universities

The UK-based international student market remains vital to UK universities despite the country’s tightened visa policies, The PIE News has learnt. At the UK University International Student Fair last month in London, institutions said an important proportion of overseas enrolments originated within the country – and that onshore marketing led to better students.