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The UK prime destination for international students, second only to US
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Data from a joint European Commission/OECD report [1] released today shows that the UK share in the international students' market grew by more than 2% over a decade (2000-2011) and is now second only to the United States. These students contributed a total of GBP 2.2 billion (EUR 2.6 billion) in tuition fees and GBP 2.3 billion (EUR 2.7 billion) in living expenses in 2008-09.

    The UK prime destination for international students, second only to US

    The figures come from Education at a Glance – an annual assessment that analyses the education systems in 34 OECD member countries, including 21 EU member states.

    The UK tops the good performers' table on two other criteria – public spending in education and levels of private funding in university education. Between 2008 and 2010, public expenditure on education as a percentage of total public expenditure grew by 9% – the third largest increase among OECD countries after Australia (14%) and Iceland (13%) – while on average among OECD countries, it remained essentially unchanged. Private funding in the UK for all levels of education has more than tripled – and nearly quadrupled for tertiary education – between 2000 and 2010.

    In the same time, one persisting tendency is for the UK to have a greater than the OECD average number of 15-29 olds who are not in employment, education or training (NEETs). Nearly a quarter of young people in the UK who do not have an upper secondary education are neither employed nor in education or training (NEET).


    UK specific data

    The full Education at a Glance report

    Summary of findings on EU member states

    The spreadsheets used to create the tables and charts in Education at a Glance are available via the StatLinks provided throughout the publication.


    [ 1] The report covers 21 EU member states (Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Poland, Portugal, the Slovak Republic, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and the United Kingdom), 4 other European countries (Iceland, Norway, Switzerland and Turkey), and 9 non-European countries (Australia, Canada, Chile, Israel, Japan, Korea, Mexico, New Zealand, United States). Furthermore, data is presented for Brazil, the Russian Federation, and – in some cases – Argentina, China, India, Indonesia, Saudi Arabia and South Africa. 6 EU Member States are not covered in the report as they are non-OECD members: Bulgaria, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta and Romania.


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    Last update: 26/06/2013  |Top