Indian students' flow to Britain slows down
India sends the second largest group of students to study in British universities, which are trying hard to up that figure further.india Updated: Mar 14, 2006 18:56 IST
India sends the second largest group of students to study in British universities, which are trying hard to up that figure further.
Universities here have recruited 6 per cent more students from outside the UK last year, according to figures published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa).
The largest group comes from China.
However, the rate of increase has slowed compared to the previous year and vice-chancellors have expressed concern about recruitment this year. The third largest group of foreign students are from the United States, followed by Malaysia and Hong Kong.
In 2004-05 there were 318,000 students from outside the UK, including continental Europe. Hesa said the 3.2% growth in numbers from other EU countries to a total of 100,005 was attributed to mainly to the enlargement of the European Union (EU) in May 2004.
EU students are entitled to the same fees and student loans as British students. Numbers from Poland more than doubled, for instance, to over 2,100. Romania and Bulgaria are due to join the EU in January 2007.
Russian student numbers rose but Norwegians, the biggest group, fell by 8.5 per cent.
Business and administration are the most popular group of subjects, followed by social studies and art and design. There were rises in the numbers studying medicine and dentistry both for first and higher degrees.
Universities UK (UUK) said on Monday that two-thirds of British universities were stepping up their overseas marketing efforts. India is seen as a particular goal; Drummond Bone, the president of UUK, is travelling to Delhi this week to promote research collaboration as well as student scholarships. Further meetings between British and Indian universities are planned in the next few weeks.