Higher Education: Overseas Students

Innovation, Universities and Skills written question – answered on 21st April 2008.

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Photo of Stephen Williams Stephen Williams Shadow Secretary of State (Innovation, Universities and Skills)

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills what proportion of the first-degree student population enrolled at higher education institutions were from non-EU countries in each year since 1997; and if he will make a statement.

Photo of Bill Rammell Bill Rammell Minister of State (Lifelong Learning, Further and Higher Education), Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills

The available information is given in the table. Figures for 2007/08 will be available in January 2009.

First degree enrolments by domicile English higher education institutions( 1) —Academic years 1997/98 to 2006/07
Of which :
Academic year Total first degree enrolments Number from UK Proportion (%) from UK Number from EU Proportion (%) from EU Number from Non-EU Proportion (%) from Non-EU
1997/88 802,710 720,475 89.8 39,245 4.9 42,995 5.4
1998/99 811,780 729,705 89.9 41,405 5.1 40,665 5.0
1999/2000 810,150 729,085 90.0 41,345 5.1 39,720 4.9
2000/01 812,175 731,185 90.0 39,160 4.8 41330 5.2.
2001/02 834,130 752,470 90.2 35,455 4.3 46,210 5.5
2002/03 868,280 779,310 89.8 32,970 3,8 56,000 6.4
2003/04 895,955 801,080 89.4 30,810 3.4 64,070 7.2
2004/05 912,940 811,155 88.9 34,885 3.8 66,895 7.3
2005/06 945,420 838,445 88.7 38,055 4.0 68,920 7.3
2006/07 960,265 848,975 88.4 41,685 4.3 69,605 7.2
(1) Excludes the Open University.

Notes:

Figures are on a snapshot basis as at the 1 December to maintain a consistent time series across all years. Numbers have been rounded to the nearest 5 and percentages to the nearest 0.1 per cent.

Source:

The Higher Education Statistics Agency (HESA).

The figures indicate that international student numbers on first degrees at English higher education institutions have increased by nearly 62 per cent. since 1997. This is very much a success story as these students contribute to the cultural mix, the research capacity and the finances of our institutions. The growth of international student numbers has not been at the expense of home students as they are not in competition with each other for places and it can be seen that the number of home students has also increased by over 128,000 during this ten year period.

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