Here and there – TNE as a way of gaining an international qualification
The third wave of our research conducted among new international students starting their course at a UK universities in the academic year 2016/17 confirmed that there are many routes that international students take to arrive at UK universities. Three in five come directly from school or university but, a significant share (29%) were actually working prior to starting their current course. This share rises to nearly half among new international postgraduate students.
Although potentially of less economic value to UK universities, those on TNE courses and only doing part of their course in the UK, are an increasingly important group. Nearly three in ten new international students opt for this mode of study for various financial and personal reasons. This share rises to four in ten among international undergraduates. In some origin countries this represents a significant part of the HE course provision (over two thirds of new undergraduates from China and nearly half of those from Malaysia claim to be TNE students).
We are now in the process of setting up the fourth wave or our research among new international students. If you are interested in finding out more about the current or previous research, please don’t hesitate to contact us. If your institution participated in the research and you have not received a headline report, please get in touch.