With their sights set on the UK's higher education system, parents new to the world's middle class are sending their children overseas earlier in an attempt to secure access to elite universities. Enrolments in teen learners at UK boarding schools are up over the last two to three years according to The Parthenon Group.
With the general election fast approaching, lively debates from the HE and FE sectors at Study UK's annual conference threw out the choices ahead for 2015, with most speakers agreeing that balanced regulation surrounding immigration and funding would support the longer-term prosperity of the sector.
Transnational education (TNE) was worth £469m to UK universities in 2012-13, according to a report from BIS. Meanwhile, new research from HEFCE shows TNE students are helping to make up England's shortfall in incoming international student numbers.
Chief Executive at English UK, Eddie Byers, has stated that the UK's ELT sector needs to work harder to make the government understand it is a "key feed" into the HE sector. And English Australia's Sue Blundell wowed ALTO delegates with data illustrating Australia's growth and grasp of stats.
A UK-wide campaign to send 5,000 UK students a year to India over the next five years has been announced by Greg Clark, UK Minister for Universities, Science and Cities, while visiting Delhi last week for the Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry HE summit.