China becomes UK’s largest source of international students

International Business News  –  The latest data shows that the number of Chinese students applying to study in the UK has reached a new high.

According to the UK University and College Admissions Service (UCAS), as of June 30, 31,400 Chinese students had applied to study at UK universities, an increase of 10% from last year and an increase of nearly 60% from 2019. Before 2020, most foreign students in the UK came from EU countries, with about 50,000 applicants per year. But EU students have to pay higher tuition fees after the UK leaves the EU, which is also the reason for the decline in EU students.

Britons have mixed views on the issue. In an interview with the Telegraph, Nick Hillman, director of the UK Higher Education Policy Institute, expressed concern that UK universities are too economically dependent on China.

He said: “It’s great for me to have so many Chinese nationals wanting to study in the UK, but our universities are at serious risk due to geopolitical changes.” He added: “If the UK-China relationship changes, UK universities will be the big losers will have to scale back the research they do.”

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