MAC report "huge missed opportunity" says D4E

Responding to the Migration Advisory Committee report, James Pitman of Destination for Education said:

“This report is a huge missed opportunity to strengthen international education in the UK. The Committee acknowledges the sector will be disappointed. We are.

“We had hoped the Committee would set out meaningful recommendations to help the UK recover market share. But maintaining the status quo will do nothing to restore Britain’s leadership in education exports. Our international competitors will continue to outperform us.

“Despite admitting that the UK is falling behind its competitors in attracting students who contribute to the national economy, create local jobs, and have a positive impact on public finances, the Committee fails to recommend what is needed to address this worrying trend.

“However, we are pleased the Committee recommends that the Government should work to grow the number of international students studying  in the UK. We agree it is time for the Government to set out positive proposals to restore Britain’s place as the world’s leading destination for international students.”


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