What are the Opportunities and Disadvantages for the Internationalization for the UK Universities?

Stunited.org research team has found out that the average cost for studying in UK universities compared to other countries in the world has been dependent on the currency exchange rates. Since 2010, stunited.org has noticed a marked change in some of currencies depreciating in value. This creates an effect on outward student mobility from home country to international destinations for studies. For UK universities, the cost of education is perceived expensive from India, Pakistan, Nigeria as there has been a fall in the currency exchange rates. A difference in Indian candidate taking admission in 2010 and 2014, is calculated to cost more about $9800 a year. A survey by NUS, shows that in 2014, international students are finding recent policies of UK Govt. as very stringent and over 50% of respondents are finding unwelcome, while around 19% will not recommend UK to fellow classmates for studies. This is a disadvantage for UK as a country as the provisions of overseas Immigration Act will impact the international students. Stunited.org believes that:

1. Removal of appeal rights for the international students who applies for extending leave or stay
2. Introduction of additional surcharge for accessing services from NHS
3. In accommodation arena, landlords needing to check for international students immigration status
4. Incidence of increase in Govt. fees for visas and immigration services

This aspect shows how the UK HE system is shaping the international education scenario. The UK Home Ministry data shows the non EEA students who were granted extension of say in UK to work in the following years: in 2012 around 48,765, in 2013 around 38,585 and in 2014 around 6235 international students to extend their stay in UK to work. Stunited.org realises that though there are impending changing policies seemed to make UK as a study destination unapproachable, but in the other way round the brand Britain speaks of quality research. So country attractiveness factor that is still towards the value of education received while cost of tuition fees have increased for currency devalued countries. Stunited.org estimates apart from the economic contribution to UK Govt. the international students spend over £3.4 billion through living expenditure (rent, food, entertainment, consumer goods) in and around UK university campus.

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So though the international academia reputation remains strong for UK, the research collaboration and publication of journals published and cited elsewhere is a testimony to this, UK needs to project specific marketing strategies to attract the fallen attractiveness index for higher education after its change in internal policies. So it can leverage and spread the word to make it work as an advantage.

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