Friday 21 September 2018 7:58 AM UTC
LONDON Sept 21: Almost three quarters of university students from London will be from ethnic minorities by the end of the next decade, say researchers.
The analysis, based on demographic changes and university entry rates, shows 27% of students from London will be white – down from 37% at present.
White students will still be the biggest ethnic group – followed by 21% from African backgrounds, up from 17%.
The report, from a university access group, forecasts “hyper-diversity”.
Londoners have high rates of university entry – with almost one in five of all students across the UK coming from the city.
The report – from Access HE – reflects a growing ethnic minority population in the school system and says young people from black and Asian families are more likely to apply for university.
“We are witnessing hyper-diversity among the student body in London, where diversity is the norm and not the exception,” says the report.
“Based on existing evidence, we can expect a significant increase in the number of young students entering higher education by 2030, and an increase in the diversity of these students… nearly 75% being non-white.”
There is a forecast of a particular growth in Londoners from African and mixed-race backgrounds going to university.
The number of white students is expected to increase, but not as much as other groups – so that it will become a smaller proportion of the total.
There will be an increase in the proportion of students from Bangladeshi backgrounds, who will become the biggest Asian group, with 8% of London students.
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