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The politics of international student mobility

The international student market is growing and proactive higher education institutions will work with policymakers to shape the agenda.

By 2025 the international student market is predicted to reach 8 million students1, representing a considerable opportunity for higher education institutions (HEIs). But access to this market is shaped by countries' foreign, economic and security policy decisions – especially those related to immigration and visas.

While government thinking shapes the policy agenda, HEIs must work collaboratively to make their voice heard and ensure that the policy environment allows them to thrive. Those that don't will struggle to remain competitive. By demonstrating the economic and political benefits of international student mobility, institutions can boost their competitiveness and gain market share.

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This is the first in our series of reports exploring the implications of international student mobility for HEIs. Future reports will address finance and fees, recruitment and reputation and the future of the sector.