International students turn their backs on UK universities
For decades, UK universities have been coveted by students from around the world. To many, the UK’s reputation for education can’t be matched.
Reports recently showed that the UK government plans to reduce the numbers of international students, as part of efforts to meet immigration targets.
While students within the European Union are worried about what is left for them after Brexit, international students studying in the UK already feel unwelcomed and are less likely to recommend study in the UK to other international students, according to research in 2014 by the National Union of Students.
Mr Godwin Azubuike, an international student in the department of Instrumentation and Control at Glasgow Caledonian University, said the situation requires attention, as most students don’t feel joy anymore in having chosen the UK as their place of study.
He said: “As international students pay lots of money to study in the UK, they should be seen as an avenue which supports economic growth.
“Many of us looked up to UK universities as role models, a place of quality education and for this reason we pay higher tuition fee just to get the best from it.”
According to data from the Department of Business for Innovation and Skills (BIS), international students contribute over £7.9billion each year to the UK economy of UK and education sector.
One prospective student, Tochukwu Ifediba, who currently resides in Nigeria, said: “If the UK government should add a year or two for post study just like other countries like Canada, Australia, this would arouse interests and attract more students.”
He added: “Studying without experience in the field is as good as not having the qualification in the first place.”
Godwin Jimmy, a PHD student at the University of Strathclyde, said that it was hard for students to go back to their home country with no job experience.
Featured Image: International students at the University of Strathclyde, Credit: Chinedu Okafor