Saturday 19 January 2019 3:35 AM UTC
NEW DELHI Jan 19: The number of Indian students coming to the UK has risen for the first time in recent years after a steady downward spiral, figures released on Thursday by the Higher Education Statistics Agency showed.
From a high of 39,090 students in 2010-11 to a low of 16,550 in 2016-17, the number is on the upswing with 19,750 in 2017-18, according to HESA.
The data shows that the United Kingdom is still not the most preferred choice of Indian students but the perception that the country does not welcome international students may be shifting slowly.
Indian and other non-EU students typically pay at least three times the fees applicable to those from the UK or European Union. Several stakeholders have published research in recent years on the multi-billion-pound contribution to the UK’s economy made by international students.
HESA figures show that China sent more students to the UK than any other country. In 2017-18; 106,530 or one-third of all non-EU students were from China.
“Student numbers from India declined from 39,090 in 2010/11 to 16,550 in 2016/17. In 2017/18, for the first time this rose to 19,750, the same level it had been at in 2013/14”, HESA said.
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