12.7% rise in TNE student numbers in the UK

UK Collaborated provision, distance, flexible, distributed learning and studying overseas partner organizations are driving an increase in students from around the world studying through UK international education opportunities, according to new research.

The Scale of UK Higher Education Transnational Education report from Universities UK International and the British Council found that 510,835 students from 228 countries and territories studied through UK TNEs in the 2020/21 academic year.

The researchers noted that the 12.7% increase compared to 2021 means that the number of UK TNEs has grown at an “overall higher growth rate than ever before” across all regions.

The 162 UK higher education providers indicating students were studying through the TNE was also the “highest figure to date”, rising to 156 in 2021.

Joanna Westphal, Head of TNE at UUKi, said: “International education enables cultural exchange and diversity for students and staff and makes a significant contribution to the UK economy, so it is very exciting to see strong demand for UK TNEs around the world. feels good.”

12.7% rise in TNE student numbers in the UK
Source – UUKi/British Council

The research noted that the COVID-19 pandemic “had no significant impact on the breakdown of types of UK TNE provision”, but indicated that patterns of TNE activity saw Asia retain its position as the top host region, with 252,845 represent the student population which is 49.5% of the total driving force.

The report also found that between 2016/17 and 2020/21, collaborative provision “saw the largest increase in numbers with 52,775 (+36.2%) more students”.

The number of students in distance, flexible or distributed learning increased by 29.1% to 34,070, and students from overseas partner organizations increased by 8.1% to 8,680 students.

While there was a significant 40.4% increase in students on overseas campuses, the low commencement rate meant that this increase was equal to 10,355 students, and a decline of 18.4% despite an increase of 1,140 (+22.1%) in “other arrangements” in 2021 (1,420 students) were viewed.

The sixth iteration of the report also identified the regions of the world where TNE students are located.

Asia maintained its position as the top host region with 252,845 students representing 49.5% of the total.

Europe follows closely behind with 15.8% of students, the Central East with 13.8%, Africa with 11.1%, North America with 5.3%, non-EU Europe with 3.4%, Australasia with 0.6% and South America with 0.6%.

Among the top 20 countries and regions, only three countries saw growth decelerate. Malaysia declined by 1.9%, Oman by 11.8%, Cyprus (EU) by 12.1%, while the number of students in Singapore remained stable.

The remaining 16 places in the top 20 saw increases, with China up 23.5% to 61,495, Sri Lanka up 20.6% to 37,175 and Egypt up 21.5% to 23,805.

The research found that the largest proportional increases in TNE development occurred in South America (+21.9%), the Middle East (+18.9%) and Africa (+16.7%).

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