The UK’s Higher Education Statistics Agency has released figures which show the first ever fall in the number of international students starting courses at UK universities. Experts in the UK’s export education sector blame the policies of the UK’s Coalition government for this fall.
The Higher Education Standards Authority has released figures which show that the number of Indian students starting at UK universities is down by 26% on last year and the number of Pakistani students down by 19%.
Sanwar Ali of workpermit.com said ‘these figures are disastrous news for the UK’s export education sector. India is one of the world’s fastest growing economies and many thousands of Indian students study abroad. If they have formed the impression that the UK does not value them, then they will go elsewhere’.