EU students at UK universities generate £3.7bn for the UK economy and support over 34,000 jobs.

At a time where the UK is debating the impact of a “Brexit” or “Bremain” vote in the upcoming EU referendum (23 June 2016), Universities UK (UUK) most recent report suggests that EU students at UK universities generate £3.7bn for the UK economy and support over 34,000 jobs in all corners of the country.

Looking at UUK’s report into more details, I extracted key figures illustrating the impact of EU students across all regions and nations of the UK.

EU students in the UK:

Currently, there are around 125,000 students from other EU countries studying at UK universities.

EU students represent 5% of the total UK student population and the top 5 EU countries sending students to the UK are:

1 – Germany [13,675 students],

2 – France [11,955],

3 – Ireland [10,905],

4 – Italy [10,525] and

5 – Greece [10,130].

 UUK’s analysis (which is based on 2011–12 student number figures) also shows that students are spending on and off-campus:

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EU students’ impact at regional level translates as follow:

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Dowload the full UUK report by clicking here.

Post edited – 15/04/16

Further reading on the same topic in The Guardian: Four reasons a Brexit would be bad news for UK universities

In summary:

1 – Collaboration across borders means better research impact

2 – Exchanges prepare students for the international jobs market

3 – We need international talent in teaching and research

4 – EU funding helps universities to transform local economies

 

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