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  • Recommendations for International Student Policy

    20 July 2023 by Anne Marie Graham

    After months of media speculation about proposed policy changes affecting international students studying in the UK, May 2023 finally saw a UK Government statement of intent – namely, to restrict the number of dependents coming to the UK with international students on postgraduate taught programmes. This has now been reflected…

  • Changes in UK-China transnational education partnerships: What’s driving the shift?

    19 July 2023 by Leina Shi and Eduardo Ramos

    Since the 1990s, China has enacted state policy that has encouraged Chinese institutions of higher learning to cooperate with foreign institutions of higher learning, setting up joint programmes and institutes, which now reach over 1,400 active partnerships at the bachelor’s degree level and above. This is known as ‘Chinese-foreign cooperation…

  • I am international, #WeAreInternational

    28 June 2023 by Anna Zvagule

    On the back of the HEPI, UUKi and Kaplan International Pathways report with updated figures on the economic benefit that international students bring to the UK, London Higher, along with Universities UK International, BUILA, UKCISA and British Council – Study UK, are relaunching the #WeAreInternational campaign. We are hoping that…

  • The future for international students in the UK by Jo Johnson

    14 June 2023 by Jo Johnson

    The future for international students in the UK should be bright, provided the sector reforms and deals with issues that have surfaced during the last couple of years of growth.  The political consensus that was so supportive of growth in international student numbers in 2019 has weakened.  It would be…

  • A truly global Britain needs more people with a global outlook

    30 November 2022 by Maddalaine Ansell

    This blog was kindly contributed by Maddalaine Ansell, Director Education, the British Council. Effective engagement with the Indo-Pacific region is critical to the UK’s economy, security and values. It is also crucial to maintaining the high quality of the UK’s higher education sector which is an enormous soft power asset…

  • Enabling Success for International Students in the UK

    15 November 2022 by Meti Basiri

    This blog was contributed by Meti Basiri, Co-Founder, ApplyBoard. As the global economy edges closer to recession, competition for international talent will be more critical than ever before. The theme of the ApplyBoard trends report, released on 14 November 2022, is obvious from its title, A New Era of Student Choice…

  • How international students can help bridge the UK’s skills gap 

    25 July 2022 by Meti Basiri

    This blog was written by Meti Basiri, co-founder and CMO of ApplyBoard, an international student recruitment platform. ApplyBoard empowers students around the world to access the best education by simplifying the study abroad search, application and acceptance process to more than 1,500 institutions across Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom,…

  • Better targeting of mental health support is needed for international students 

    1 July 2022 by Iain Brennan

    On Thursday 7 July, HEPI is hosting a webinar to launch its new report on Gypsy, Roma and Traveller access to higher education. Book your free place here. This blog was kindly contributed by Iain Brennan, College Services Director, University of York IPC (Kaplan). The mental health of our university students received…

  • Humanising the international student experience: the post-study reality of gaining UK employment 

    20 June 2022 by Helen Atkinson, Gemma Green and Jim Campbell

    This blog was written by Helen Atkinson, Careers Consultant at Newcastle University’s Careers Service, Gemma Green, Head of External Relations at the Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS), and Jim Campbell, Assistant Director at the University of St Andrews’ Careers Centre. The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services (AGCAS) is the expert membership…