The UK secretary of state for education has shown strong support for international students and the wider sector, with reports that she will resist any potential cuts to international student numbers by the Home Office.
Some UK HE professionals are taking a cautious approach to aggregator platforms, which process international student applications at scale, but one survey reveals many are either considering or already working with the new breed of business.
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.
Higher education institutions in England have predicted their income from international student fees will hit £4.8bn by 2018/19, a third more than in 2014/15, according to HEFCE. However, the funding body has warned the increase may be based on optimistic forecasting of international student growth.
A new white paper, which marks an historic shakeup for the UK's higher education sector, makes it easier for alternative providers to access degree awarding powers, overhauls HE funding and brings all providers under the jurisdiction of a new regulatory body.