A recent post in ScienceGuide featured an analysis on the effects of Globalisation on International Education, and reports on supply and demand over the next decade, showing some interesting points.
The number of international students will go up.
The reason for this is summarised in the report by the British Council which simply notes “real increases in the overall population of 18 to 22-year-olds, and in the purchasing power in emerging economies despite the recent recession.”
The British Council estimates that the global population of higher education students will grow by 21 million, to roughly 190 million students overall.
Where will demand come from?
The British Council considers that by 2020 China, India, Indonesia, and Brazil could contribute roughly 100,000 international students to the population of those wanting to pursue higher education abroad.
The British Council also sees Nigeria, Malaysia, Pakistan, Turkey, and Saudi Arabia – along with students from other populous countries – as having the potential to add a large number of students seeking international study.
What will the demand be for?
The reports projects that about half of the increase in demand for study abroad will be directed at programmes delivered in English. This leaves the English market leaders – the US, the UK, IRELAND, Australia, and Canada – with the potential to command the most international students. But there are caveats:
The UK’s increasing fees and tighter visa policies could dampen demand from international students.
Restrictive issues such as economic and racial tensions could have a negative effect on students applying for US and UK Visas.
This clearly leaves Ireland in a Positive position in comparison to other Western Study destinations.
Ireland is more and more being perceived as an attractive destination for International Students, and it places the onus on Irish State Bodies, and Higher Education, as well as Further Education Institutions the need to prioritise:
- The growing importance of visa and immigration policies to students;
- The influence of scholarships, tuition, and pricing policies;
- The sometimes understated value of national and institution-level efforts to make international students feel welcome and even wishing to stay in the country to work;
- National and Institution-level policy;
- Marketing efforts;
- Word-of-mouth from international students returning home and influencing prospective students’ decisions.
All of these factors may well alter the balance of where international students choose to Study, and show Ireland as a Leading Study Destination for International Students over the next decade.