Education: Exports

Department for Education written question – answered on 14th November 2017.

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Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what progress has been made to meet the target to increase UK education exports to £30 billion by 2020.

Photo of Catherine West Catherine West Labour, Hornsey and Wood Green

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, whether it remains the Government's policy to increase UK education exports to £30 billion by 2020.

Photo of Jo Johnson Jo Johnson Minister of State (Department for Education) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy), Minister of State (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Universities and Science) (Joint with the Department for Education)

Holding answer received on 16 October 2017

The target of increasing the value of education exports to £30bn by 2020 was set in 2015 under the previous government. The target is rightly ambitious and the Department for Education remains committed to working with the rest of government and the sector to driving progress towards achieving it.

This Government continues to support growth in UK education exports, including through the work of the team dedicated to education exports in the Department for International Trade (DIT), who have recently announced the establishment of a DIT Education Sector Advisory Board, chaired by my hon. Friend the Member for Wyre Forest (Mark Garnier), and which will support the aspirations of the sector internationally.

The Government actively promotes study in the UK through the GREAT Campaign and through the British Council, which promotes the UK in over 100 countries. The UK attracts high numbers of overseas students, second only to the USA in terms of our market share, and there continues to be no limit to the number who can come here to study.

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