IIE Networker - Fall 2007 - (Page 34)

Knowledge Network United Kingdom The UK’s International Education Strategy By Colin Beaver T h e 21s t c e n t u r y e d u c a t i o n env ironment is one of academic mobility—an intoxicating mix, reflecting the general expansion and growth in importance of the global knowledge economy. The mass flow of students and lecturers—the mass flow of knowledge— has created an international marketplace in which the UK is a leading player. International students are looking to make what is arguably the most important purchase of their lives. They are seeking that “extra something” from an education system that sets it apart from that available at home and elsewhere in the world. Topping their lists are the overall educational experience, the international comparability of the qualifications they will obtain, and the capacity to improve their work opportunities on graduation. No longer confined to their own country’s borders, students see themselves as international operators and will move to whichever institution or country is able to deliver a quality set of goods and services. Demand for education generally has increased the world over and the UK, along with the United States and Australia, remains a hugely popular education destination. But the many benefits are such that all advanced nations, as well as those seeking to create advanced education systems, are making substantial inroads into the international marketplace. percent of all students taking research degrees in the sciences. And about 15 percent of academics currently working in UK institutions are international, while a large number of UK academics work overseas. The sheer volume of international students now in the UK and the numbers of international lecturers working in UK higher education has shifted the axis of our International education is not just an export industry for the UK. It is integral to the multicultural vision of modern Britain Singapore, Malaysia, China and India are all moving to attract a bigger share of the international student population. In Europe, the number of countries delivering courses in English is enormous—so they can take part in the flow of international students as well. This has not only increased the competition but has also underlined the need for a coherent national strategy co to support the UK in the international marketplace. Internation International education in the UK is a dynamic, high-skill and sustainable export industry that has been estimated to contribute in excess of £12.5 billion per year directly to the UK economy—more than food and drink, tobacco, insurance, ships and aircra aircraft. Internat International students populate large porti portions of the UK’s research base. In 20 05, inter national student made up almost 40 students education system from one that operates predominantly domestically to one that operates on a truly international basis. However, international education is not just an export industry for the UK. It is integral to the multicultural vision of modern Britain, enriching society by heightening awareness and understanding of other cultures, and likewise raising others’ and our own awareness and underst anding. Relationships that develop between students of different nationalities and allegiances between international students and their host countries and institutions can, and do, last a lifetime. They provide the potential for greater educational, cultural and scientific exchange, as well as increase trade, investment and political dialogue. By internationalizing its education provision, the UK is able to attract intellectual capital, which makes a vital contribution to the nation’s capacity

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IIE Networker - Fall 2007

IIE Networker - Fall 2007
Message from Allan E. Goodman
Up Front: The International Education Diary
Investing in Our Future: Reaching Underserved Audiences through International Academic Exchanges
IIENetworker University Presidents Interview Series A Conversation with Brown University President
National Policies for International Education
New Zealand
United Kingdom
Sponsored Students
Project Atlas: A Coordinated Approach to Measuring Global Student Mobility
The Browser: Index of Advertisers

IIE Networker - Fall 2007