Bournemouth, Dorset -- (ReleaseWire) -- 03/07/2014 -- The number of Chinese students queuing up for an education in the UK has been steadily growing over the past few years. And this growth shows no signs of slowing down.
As per records of the Office for National Statistics and the International Passenger Survey well over 40,000 students arrived in the UK in the previous year to pursue higher education across a wide array of disciplines. According to the English UK, around 600 000 people travel to the UK every year to learn English.
International students have, as a whole, contributed over 6 billion pounds in living expenses and nearly 4 billion pounds in tuition fees to the UK economy. In fact the total of British education exports stood at well over 17 billion pounds in 2011. And in keeping with the trends of the international education market, the same is expected to grow steadily in the coming years.
In 2013, the British government has embarked on an ambitious plan to increase the enrolment of foreign students by 20 per cent over the next five years. And given the steady rise in Chinese students' interest in getting a UK education, China is a big part of this potential growth story.
Tapping into the aspirations of a rising China
The economic rise of China has created an immense need for skilled and educated workforce – especially at the higher management rungs that is driving this rush of students. Also China aspires to be a world leader playing a global role. These tie into Chinese societies in general and the student community's in particular, feeling an urgent need for globalised training and exposure.
Therefore the presence of the large number of institutes of higher education in UK offering a wide variety of courses spanning diverse fields, e.g. science, arts, humanities, liberal arts, technology etc, has made UK a favoured choice for Chinese students.
Positive response from UK institutes
Responding positively, over the past five years the number of 'roadshows' organised by British universities, especially through the British Council, have also increased.
These roadshows are organised in places like Beijing, Shenzhen, Shanghai and the like. In these, education counsellors and university representatives reach out to students and youngsters, introducing them to potential opportunities in the UK. Very importantly, the activities and formats of these shows are changed every year so as to keep them interesting and innovative attracting self funded education seekers.
The universities are also taking their outreach efforts online in a big way. International students can easily get to know all details over email, social networks and websites. Thereafter they can plan and prepare well.
Also a good number of facilitators and agents from China have now started working in tandem with the British Universities. They not only aid the meeting of students with the universities, but also provide crucial feedback to university officials.
The UK government has also played a proactive role by allowing visa and immigration officials and experts accompany the roadshow entourages. They help educate potential students about how best to go about obtaining a visa and coming to the UK for studies.
Recently after negative news broke about irregularities in the ETS examinations of Test of English for International Communication (TOEIC) and the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL), the British government specifically announced that Chinese students whose applications had moved ahead would remain unaffected by this.
As things stand today, the Chinese student community has burgeoned to become the leading foreign students’ community in UK leaving behind traditional leaders like India and Australia.
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