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UK Plans to Attract 600k Students Annually from Nigeria, Other Countries in 5 Years

The United Kingdom has finished plans to expand the number of overseas students studying in its schools to 600,000 per year by 2030, with a focus on Nigeria, India, and Vietnam.

According to Hazel Shearing of the BBC, the UK government aims to welcome 600,000 international students annually by 2030.

He added that the government has actively targeted students from Nigeria, India, Vietnam, Indonesia, and Saudi Arabia.

According to research, education exports are critical to the UK economy’s success. As a result, the government is attempting to attract overseas students to improve the country’s soft power through reputation and worldwide networking.

According to sources, the government expects a one-year group of overseas students to bring the country approximately 41.9 billion pounds in economic benefits during their stay in the UK.

The report said:

“It surpassed its 600,000 target in 2020-21 and 2021-22,” according to the most recent data.

According to available statistics, the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) indicates a decrease in the number of nursing candidates, which the Royal College of Nursing has warned could result in an understaffed National Health Service (NHS).

However, the number of international students applying to undergraduate degrees at UK universities has climbed for the second consecutive year.

Approximately 115,730 students from outside the UK applied to commence in September, up from 114,910 last year.

The development comes despite more strict government measures to reduce migration following charges that colleges compromised their standards to entice abroad students who can be charged more than UK students.

According to BusinessDay, the number of international applicants has remained below the pre-pandemic figure of 116,110.

On January 1, 2024, the UK Home Office implemented a policy prohibiting Nigerian and international students from bringing dependents to study in the UK.

In a social media post, the Home Office reiterated that only postgraduate research or government-sponsored scholarship students could bring dependents.

In May 2023, the UK enacted legislation prohibiting overseas students from bringing family members as dependents, except in limited circumstances.

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