The Higher Education Statistics Agency's first release of data for the 2018/19 academic year has revealed that international student numbers in the UK are up by 5.9%, with a huge hike in enrolments from India.
For the UK international education industry 2016-17 was not the most exciting year, according to HESA statistics. But there are other trends that hide in the figures, offering food for thought and pointing at potential areas of development.
Stagnation of non-EU student numbers at UK higher education institutions shows no sign of abating, as the latest HESA statistics show international enrolments flatlined in 2015/16. Indian student numbers continued to fall, as Malaysia pushed into second place for the first time.
Independent higher education providers in the UK are concerned that the ‘provisional bronze’ awarded to them under the government’s new Teaching Excellence Framework could damage their reputation and recruitment efforts.