Overseas Students: North East

Department for Education written question – answered on 14th May 2018.

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Photo of Chi Onwurah Chi Onwurah Shadow Minister (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Industrial Strategy)

To ask the Secretary of State for Education, what assessment the Government made of the contribution of international students studying in North East Universities to that region's (a) GDP and (b) levels of unemployment.

Photo of Sam Gyimah Sam Gyimah Minister of State (Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy) (Higher Education), Minister of State (Education)

In February 2018, the government published ‘UK revenue from education related exports and transnational education activity 2015’. This estimated that international students at UK universities contributed £9.7 billion to the UK economy through tuition fees and living expenditure in 2015. The government does not, however, have an estimate of the regional contribution of international students on GDP and levels of unemployment.

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