The contribution of international students to Yorkshire

Commenting on today’s publication of ‘The benefits and costs of international higher education students to the UK economy’, by London Economics, for the Higher Education Policy Institute, Universities UK International, and Kaplan International Pathways, Executive Director of Yorkshire Universities, Dr Peter O’Brien, said:

This new report reveals a significant increase in the economic benefits of international higher education to the UK, which is a critical sector for the country. The figures show that, outside London and the South East, Yorkshire and the Humber is the most attractive destination in England for international students.

Sheffield and Leeds feature in the top ten local areas in the UK where international students make the greatest economic contributions. In Yorkshire, international students generate a wide range of economic, social and cultural value in many towns and cities, alongside Sheffield and Leeds, including Bradford, Huddersfield, Hull and York.

Universities in the region, supported by Yorkshire Universities, are working with regional and local partners to make the region a preferred destination for international students, and to strengthen the broader role of international higher education in attracting new investment, trade and jobs.

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