Brexit and Rising Student Fees: Will International Students Still Be Attracted to Britain?

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Our latest QS report,‘Is Brexit Turning International Students Away From the UK?’, derived from the analysis of interviews which took place in cities across Europe, saw the emergence of several key themes among perceptions of post-Brexit UK as a study destination.  One theme that stood out as particularly contentious was the role of money in higher education. Concerns about finances wound their way through many of our participant’s views, and in many different contexts.

For students, one defining benefit of the UK being part of the EU has been the reciprocal fee agreements between EU member states, which enable EU citizens to study in countries throughout Europe for the same price as domestic students. In the likely event that the UK no longer benefits from these agreements post-Brexit, then students from the EU studying in the UK will start being charged the same amount as international (i.e. non-EU) students, which are normally considerably higher fees. Read more

What can British Universities do to Reassure International Students That They Are Still Welcome in the UK?

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An uncomfortable truth we uncovered in our latest QS report, ‘Is Brexit Turning International Students Away From the UK?’, was that for some students, the events on the 27th of June 2016 and the press coverage surrounding the EU referendum result all pointed towards a major red flag; Britain is no longer welcoming to immigrants. In turn, this view has fostered a sense amongst some international students that they too are unwelcome in the UK. Students have cited the spike in hate crimes in the UK following the Brexit result to back this up, and some even held the opinion that British people were caught up in a wave of xenophobia.

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Students Reveal Brexit is Likely to Have Uneven Impacts on the UK’s Higher Education System

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Students believe the British higher education system will be ‘downgraded’ following Brexit, with uneven impacts across the sector. During interviews for our Brexit report, many students expressed the view that in a post-Brexit UK, the only universities worth applying to would be the elite, Russell Group institutions. Lower ranked universities, with a less diverse student body and faculty, are likely to lose their appeal. So, whilst universities like Oxbridge, UCL and LSE will maintain their relevance, others which toe the line of such prestige, could be hit hard and are at risk of a significant drop in international applicants. International students contribute greatly to the economy, not only in fees but also through their spending on campus and the local community. Such a prediction could therefore have a detrimental economic impact on universities which do not perform well in the global rankings. Read more

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Rate Your Student City!

There are many different factors feeding into students’ university experience but one undeniable, universal and significant factor is the location of the university itself. More specifically, it is the city that the university is located in or next to. This is especially true for city-based universities that are not able to create the campus ‘bubble’.

Through our research with current and prospective students across the globe, they tell us time and time again that the location of their future institution is really important to them. It brings with it the environment, personal and professional opportunities, local culture and much more. In fact, for many, cultural interest and lifestyle associated with the location of the university is the number one reason they select that university.

As can be seen from the chart below, intentional students from all over the world mentioned location (highlighted in green) in their top five priorities when selecting an institution for a master’s degree:

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QS University Rankings Webinars

 

The QS Intelligence Unit is pleased to invite you to a series of webinars for each of the regional university rankings on June 13th. These webinars will cover each of the rankings’ methodologies, explain the latest changes and will also include a preview of the results ahead of the launch (June 14th).

These webinars will be presented by the QS Intelligence Unit’s team of analysts and researchers including:

  • Baerbel Eckelmann, Research Manager
  • Dasha Karzunina, International Research Liaison
  • Leonardo Silveira, Researcher
  • Martin Juno, Product Development Manager
  • Fernando Coca Martin-Romo, Analyst
  • Samuel Wong, Senior Researcher

To register, simply click on the links provided and follow the instructions on screen. All times are GMT+1.

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Edu Data Summit Sophie Wannop

Welcome to the 2016 Edu Data Summit!

As the new Events Coordinator of the QS Intelligence Unit, it is my pleasure to write my first post about Edu Data Summit, a new conference initiative focusing on data and its applications in the higher education sector.

The first edition will take place in London, at the Grand Connaught Rooms, on June 8-10.

This event will be particularly relevant to Vice Chancellors, Planning Officers, Institutional Researchers, Special Advisors, DVC Researchers, and DVC International & Rankings Managers. To enjoy an Early Bird rate, register now before tickets run out! Read more

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A positive happy new year message for 2016

I am pleased to be writing my first post of 2016, although I am fully aware that we are already in the fifth week of the year, but we have so many exciting projects that we have been working on that has kept us all very busy.

We had our annual company meeting last week, an opportunity for us to engage with other colleagues, share ideas, encourage best practice and learn about new ways that we can help our clients and help students. This year we had an external speaker attend our session, she was brought in as an exercise to remind us of the importance of education, but more so on how it actually did change her life. She spoke to us about having had an extremely troubled childhood from the age of 4, which led her to fall into a more troubled adolescent period, where she was subjected to drugs, suicide attempts and other dangerous life events that could have shaped the remainder of her life in a very different way. She finally came across someone that helped her, and a stroke of luck along with a helpful mentor that led her onto realising that she has so many means of accessing education. Realising how fortunate she actually was, particularly being here in the UK, she chose to pursue her education and used her misfortunes to help others realise the impact education can have and to help lead the youth of today’s world. She now works at a charity where she engages with young people and spreads her story to drive change and positivity.

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QS partners with Global Academy Jobs

QS and Global Academy Jobs join forces to make it easier for leading global minds to find the data they need. At the same time this collaboration will help ambitious universities find the best academic talent to attract research funding.

“By working together we can strengthen, deepen and accelerate our combined offering and deliver on a shared mission of serving bright minds and leading universities”, says Dan Perrett, Chair of the Board of GlobalAcademyJobs.com

“We have looked long and hard at various academic job boards and there is no doubt in my mind that GlobalAcademyJobs.com has the potential to be a strong partner. It is the only viable global board and a ‘must have’ for aspiring universities anywhere” states Nunzio Quacquarelli, Managing Director, QS Quacquarelli Symonds. Read more

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In with the new and out with old? Or lessons learnt from the past? Remembering and Re-imagining Education

In light of the upcoming Re-imagine Education Awards, the innovative global competition launched last year by QS and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania to find the world’s top higher education pedagogical innovation. I started reminiscing about my own university experience, and one particular course came to mind when I looked closely at Hybrid Learning. At QSIU, we are proud to have a team with a diverse skill set, a range of over 12 languages, and have come from various different universities from around the world. Below is an account of a few QSIU team members who share their own memorable experience of past pedagogical methods that have been particularly effective.

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Are you making a good first impression?

If you belong to a university concerned with international student recruitment, this article is for you. If your institution isn’t concerned with international recruitment yet, but you’re aiming to become a world-class university, the ability to attract the highest quality candidates from all over the world is probably going to be on your agenda soon…

QS spent four months travelling around the world, speaking to prospective international students to learn more about their motivations when applying to universities abroad. More specifically, we wanted to find out just how much first impressions matter and what would turn a student that’s never heard of your university into a student who will apply tomorrow and just how long that transition takes. We’ve met students from the Americas, China, South East Asia, India and Europe and asked them a series of questions around their first interaction with a university online and in person.

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