Foreign students outnumber local postgraduates

Foreign students have outnumbered their UK counterparts in postgraduate education at British universities for the past five years, it was revealed last week, writes Richard Garner for The Independent.

A major study warns of a future crisis if universities equip the UK’s economic rivals with the skills they need to compete against Britain, which will suffer from a dearth of highly skilled professionals. International student numbers have grown by 90% in the past decade while the number of home-grown students has fallen by 12% in the past three years.

Academics are worried that home take-up could plunge even further in 2016 when students saddled with debts from £9,000-a-year (US$14,400) degree courses decide they cannot afford to opt for further study. The report was put together by the 1994 group of universities.
Full report on The Independent site