International competitiveness

Higher education is a globalised industry and students have a global choice as to where to learn. Specialist, regionally focused and smaller institutions attract large numbers of talented overseas students each year. Many are also global organisations engaged in significant partnerships, world-leading research and other international activities.

These institutions enhance variety and choice and thus support the UK’s general popularity as a destination for international students.

International alumni from UK institutions are overwhelmingly positive about their experience, rating highly many of the particular characteristics of specialist, regionally focused and smaller institutions, including the distinctive ways of teaching and learning; the tradition and culture of tolerance; and the lifelong career opportunities that follow.

See the chapter: Local and Global Impact


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