There are now over 300,000 foreign students demand from international students stagnated in 2005, rising just 0.3% compared to the year before. This can be partly attributed to increased global competition but also to the growth of the higher education systems in China and India. Due to these factors the projected amount of international students (850,000 in 2020) has become a difficult target.
To remain competitive in the market, the UK needs to have a competitive advantage over other competitors. In aBBC article, Dr Tim Westlake, director of international development at Manchester University seems to agree:
“At present, the international student market is dominated by English-speaking countries. The global dominance of the English language has given the UK, the USA, and Australia a real competitive edge.”
“…the sunshine and beaches of Australia and the low cost of living of the USA”