Over 92,000 UK student visas have been awarded to Indian students so far in 2022, a top UK academy has said, a rise of over 350% on 2019.
Prof Nick Jennings, the newly-appointed Vice Chancellor of Loughborough University and the UK Government’s first Chief Scientist Consultant for National Security, told FE that BREXIT has left the UK ‘disconnected’ from the world. But the UK is attracting more and more talent. The UK in particular has a large number of students from India and China.
In June 2022, the British High Commission revealed that the UK had issued 117,965 sponsored study visas to Indian students at the end of June 2022, a 215% increase from 2019. At that time only 37,396 sponsored study visas were issued. China was second only to India with 115,056 study visas.
On a visit to India to explore collaborations with industry and academia (Bajaj Auto, IIT Delhi, IIT Mumbai and Symbiosis International University), Professor Jennings noted that Loughborough has a long history of welcoming students and faculty from India Used to be. “The first Indian student to graduate with us was in 1937.
Professor Jennings added that today, we have a community of approximately 900 Indian students and in 2022 we see over 600 new Indian enrollments. “India has now overtaken China as our largest international student group for Masters. The graduation entry route has clearly supported this increase in the number of Indian students coming to the UK.
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