In response to today’s (Monday 29 July) International Education Strategy, Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance, said:
“As the second most popular destination for international students, we welcome the commitment from Government to build on the existing strength of higher education as a key growth industry.
“Research has shown that Alliance universities are the top choice for international students whose top priority is getting a good job. With outstanding graduate employment rates and over a quarter of all students in the UK, they are having a big impact on the economy at home and abroad.
“At University Alliance we recognise the huge opportunities there are if we build constructive international partnerships. We recently signed a memorandum of understanding with the Australian Technology Network of universities to develop stronger links between our member universities and to explore international partnerships in emerging markets together. We will be holding an international conference with all of our members next year to discuss regulation and quality assurance, student visas, internships and business collaboration – many of the areas touched on in this report.
“We look forward to working closely with BIS, and our international partners, to champion UK HE and ensure it remains strong in an ever competitive world.”