Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Will Stronger Asian Systems Halt UK Traffic?

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

Will Stronger Asian Systems Halt UK Traffic?

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Policies aimed at stemming the brain drain of students from Asian countries and expanding domestic higher education will lead to stagnation or decline in the number choosing to study in the UK, a report has found.

According to an Observatory on Borderless Higher Education report called Transnational Education vs. International Student Mobility: Substitutes or Distinct Markets?, the number of students choosing to study overseas university courses in their own country is rising significantly faster than the number electing to study abroad.

"There is a concurrent decline, or stagnation, in outbound student mobility and an increase in the number of students in TNE [transnational education] in most of the TNE host countries," finds the report, which looks at UK courses offered in China, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Singapore.

"The stagnation in the number of outbound students as well as the growth of inbound mobility are primarily due to the coordinated efforts by the government to increase the capacity of the domestic system."

The number of students studying wholly overseas on courses offered by UK institutions reached 598,925 in 2012-13, up 5 per cent from 2011-12. Excluding a hugely popular accounting course provided by Oxford Brookes University and the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants -which makes up almost half that cohort -the rise was 8 per cent. …

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