British degrees exported to overseas students

UK“British universities are exporting their sought-after degrees to hundreds of thousands of overseas students who can’t afford to study in the UK, new figures show. Nearly 200,000 offshore students studied for qualifications from 112 British universities last year, according to the Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA), earning the sector more than £268m in fees. British universities have long relied on the roughly £2.5bn that overseas students bring when they come to the UK to study, but the new figures reveal for the first time the extent to which students are taking UK higher education qualifications overseas. With student numbers at home restricted by the government, many British universities are looking to expand their offshore operations …” (more)

[Anthea Lipsett, Guardian, 16 April]

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