We have some of the best-known schools and universities in the world. This is underpinned by the quality of our globally-recognised assessment system, from the early years foundation stage through to A levels. We are ranked first by international students for student experience across several measures (International Student Barometer 2017).
Connecting the world through English language
English is the dominant global language and is spoken by around a quarter of the world’s population as the primary language for international business, science and academia.
Emerging and developed economies recognise the important role that the English language plays in national development, with it contributing to employability, economic development and global connectivity.
Our approach to international engagement is based on partnership - we work with UK education sector providers, UK global industry, and governments around the globe to meet the opportunities and challenges of the modern world by sharing knowledge, skills and innovation.
Recognising mutual benefits
International students make an invaluable contribution to British society, bringing with them new knowledge, cross-cultural understanding and global friendships, enriching the education experience of domestic students.
Increasing international student numbers
For higher education alone, the UK hosted almost 460,000 international students from 2017 to 2018. We want to grow the numbers of international higher education students studying in the UK to 600,000 by 2030.
A place for international students to stay
We have seen students who come to the UK to study stay on as graduate innovators, setting up enterprises such as language training in London, catering services in Newcastle and business support technology in Glasgow.
Exporting education expertise to China
The British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) identified strong demand from China for quality British educational products and services. This market is worth $500 billion, with $677 million spent on EdTech each year. Working closely with DIT and DfE, BESA ran a dedicated ministerial trade mission for EdTech companies to Beijing and Shanghai in 2016. BESA has taken companies back over 10 times. A highlight in 2018 was a ‘Great British Classroom’ showcasing the best of British digital resources to Prime Minister Theresa May and Chinese hosts during her visit. BESA has since signed Memorandums of Understanding with key Chinese partners, opening doors to future collaboration.