Professor Rebecca Hughes, British Council Director of International Higher Education, said:
“This is welcome news and reflects that the UK is an attractive study destination for ambitious young people from all nations. The courses and opportunities offered by UK universities and colleges are in high demand. Universities play a crucial role in the UK’s society and economy – contributing over £73bn to our economy and 757,268 full-time jobs – and international students are integral to the success of our universities. However, recent data also has revealed that university enrolment numbers of international students are in decline whilst numbers in other countries continue to rise – the UK is still attractive to applicants, but is losing global market share. The Government and the sector must work harder than ever to ensure that the dreams of these applicants can be turned into a reality of studying in the UK."
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