Sunday, December 15, 2013

By 2024, 1 in 3 foreign students will be from China or India

By 2024, one in every three outbound higher education student across the globe will be from India and China. By 2024, it is expected that there will be 3.85 million outbound mobile higher education students globally, up from 3.04 million in 2011.

India and China will contribute 35% of global growth during this period. While nearly 850,000 Chinese students will travel abroad for higher education in 2024, Indian students will be the second highest with 376,000 of them travelling to enrol in foreign universities.

Germany is forecast to become the third largest sender of higher education students by 2024, with a predicted 139,000 outbound students, overtaking South Korea. Germany is also forecast to be hosting 180,000 international students by 2024.

The Future of the World's Mobile Students to 2024 report brought out by the British Council's Education Intelligence service says UK will be one of the world's fastest growing destinations for international students by 2024 attracting an extra 126,000 international students. Elizabeth Shepherd, author of the report, said: "Mobile higher education students are set to remain an attractive market for host countries across the world, with continued strong growth forecast over the next decade."

"Against a backdrop of fragile economic conditions and recoveries, slowing international trade, squeezed household incomes and a global decline in the number of people aged 18-22, this growth is impressive," Shepherd added.

Between 2009 and 2011, India and China dominated global growth in higher education enrolments, accounting for 5.3 million (45%) of the overall increase of 11.8 million. In percentage terms, globally 32 million additional higher education enrolments will take place by 2024, up to 196 million in 2024 from 164 million in 2011.

"India, by some distance, is forecast to be the fastest growing market, with an additional 12.7 million enrolments by 2024; other emerging economies with significant forecast growth in higher education enrolments between 2011 and 2024 include: Indonesia (5 million), Brazil (2.6 million), Nigeria (2.3 million), China (1.9 million), Ethiopia (1.6 million), Pakistan (1.3 million), Mexico (1.0 million), Philippines (0.9 million), Colombia (0.9 million)," the report said.

Source: The Times of India, December 15, 2013

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