UK universities praise impact of international students

UK universities praise impact of international students

As undergraduates welcome contribution of growing international student numbers, what impact do they have on student property investment?

Summary:

  • Undergraduates at UK universities continue to praise the impact growing numbers of international students are having on their higher education experience
  • Britain is now the world’s second most popular destination for overseas students
  • More growth in enrolment numbers is expected, placing further emphasis on the student property market

The influx of international students to the UK over the last 10 years continues to be welcomed by both universities and student property investors alike.

A poll of 1,000 undergraduate students conducted on behalf of the Higher Education Policy Institute and the Higher Education Academy (HEA) has revealed that the overwhelming majority of UK students believe that their overseas peers have a positive impact on their overall university experience.

54% thought international students put more effort into their studies than UK undergraduates, with that number increasing to 63% when surveying students from Russell Group institutions.

Only one in four thought that overseas students slowed down the class due to language barriers, whilst 65% disagreed that they reduced the quality of academic discussions.

Stephanie Marshall, Chief Executive of the HEA, said: “An internationally diverse student body has many benefits – educationally, economically and culturally – for the students themselves and for higher education institutions as a whole.”

International student numbers in the UK have increased by 100% over the last decade, with the UK now the second most popular global destination for overseas students.

The continued appeal of a British education is driving the performance of the student property market. Over £4 billion was invested in the sector in the first half of 2015, as the growing numbers of international students helped place a strong emphasis on the need for quality, experience-led purpose-built student accommodation brands. With university enrolment numbers in England due to be uncapped in September, this demand is set be prolonged over the next few years.

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