The UK's former universities minister Jo Johnson has outlined plans to help the UK regain market share within international education - doubling Indian student numbers and extending post-study work rights are core aims.
Universities UK International has released a "tool kit" explaining the country’s new post-study work rights in an effort to help businesses benefit from hiring international graduates of UK institutions.
International students were found to have generally higher graduation rates than Canadian citizens and permanent residents, but when looking at their ability to combine studies and work, they fared less well.
While the UK sector has rejoiced at the UK's announcement to re-introduce PSW rights, some stakeholders have confirmed that they have been "inundated" by students wondering if they are eligible and some of those were considering moving their start date in order to benefit.
Global international educators have congratulated the UK sector for helping reintroduce post-study work rights, but note the UK is now on a level playing field in terms of PSW settings; successful job outcomes are the ultimate influencer.
The UK education sector is elated that post-study work rights are set to be offered to international students for two years post-graduation, with enrolments from the 2020/21 academic year set to benefit from this new immigration rule.