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UK: UCAS applications forecast +10% from India and China
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UK: UCAS applications forecast +10% from India and China

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Feb 21, 2022
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The latest numbers show that applications from India have grown by 11% year-on-year to 8,660 applicants – almost double of 2019 numbers. 

Similar rise in numbers was also observed from China, where the total applications rose by 12% to 28,930 applicants compared to 2021.

UCAS recently released the annual statistics of the total applications received from global students. The newly published report highlights a major jump in students pursuing higher education abroad, especially in the United Kingdom.

As per the report, international applications for 2022 so far stand at 111,410, similar to 2021. 

While non-EU applications continue to increase, applications from Europe have continued to fall, but UCAS says the EU market is beginning to stabilize.

"It's a very positive story, given the turbulence of the time," managing director of UCAS International Des Cutchey told The PIE.

While the EU applications recorded a fall, non-EU applications are up 5% this year and reached 90,590.

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The overall drop was recorded at a massive 19% or almost 5,000 applications in the European region. Total EU applicants tumbled to 20,820 in 2022.

"Decline in EU can be made up for in the growth of countries traditionally seen as international markets."

"What the EU figures are showing is that, after the initial huge amount of decline, though the numbers are falling, there are markets that are stabilizing," Cutchey added.

Ireland, Singapore and Malaysia rose, while the US and Pakistan saw a downfall.

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Ireland students saw applications grow by 5%, to 5,100. This could be signified due to their access to home fee status in the UK.

Beyond Europe, the figures show steep rises in applications from Nigeria and Canada. The former recorded a 47% rise to 2,380 applicants, while the latter rose by 17% to 2,450 applicants.

ASEAN nations such as Singapore and Malaysia also reached 3,390 and 3,140 applicants. These levels from both countries were recorded last in 2015.

Overall, Hong Kong - the third largest international market - declined by 390 applicants to 6,010.

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As the global economies started reopening international borders to tackle rising inflation and supply chain shocks, many countries also reported a downfall in the applications. 

South Korea, Pakistan and the US saw declines, with the US down almost 1,400 to 5,280 in 2022.

Clare Marchant, chief executive at UCAS, shared that this year will be pivotal for the international student market as global economies recover from the pandemic. 

Robust demand internationally, particularly in China, India and Hong Kong and other new and emerging global regions, shows "the enduring appeal of our world-class universities", Marchant added.

"We are expecting, as part of the journey to a projected million applications by 2026, the number of international students to grow by two-thirds," Marchant noted.

Despite a significant entry route of international students in the UK, UCAS acknowledges that not all international applicants come through the service.

Earlier in February, head of policy Ben Jordan shared that the organization had previously estimated that around 99% of UK domicile students apply via UCAS.

This is compared with 75-80% of EU domiciled students and around two-thirds of non-EU students.

"We do have a comprehensive picture, and we are the largest supplier of international students to the UK, but it's not necessarily a complete picture," he said.

However, the organization expects that UCAS is a good indication of the trend, particularly as we have more excellent coverage of EU domiciled students," Jordan said at a recent Westminster Forum event.

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Vishvender Singh is a content marketing professional at amber, one of the top 10 accommodation booking platforms that has its presence in over 120 cities. Vishvender offers ghostwriting, copywriting, and blogging services and has worked for a great amount of startups including TechAhead, Cannibals, and Stratezic Media. A college student, everyday learner and delivering his writings in the field of business administration and creative writing, he is the Go-To person for the best possible writing solutions you can ask for.

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