London Metropolitan University Praises Research Highlighting that International Students are Welcome in the UK

LONDON--()--London Metropolitan University welcomes recent research showing that international students are welcome in the UK. The poll conducted by ComRes for Universities UK revealed that, of those that expressed a view, 75% say they would like to see the same number, or more, international students in the UK, a figure which jumped to 87% once information on the economic benefits of international students was provided. 81% of respondents agreed that international students have a positive impact on local economies and towns in which they study and 91% thought that international students should be able to stay and work in the UK for a period of time after they have completed their study.

Commenting on the research, Vice Chancellor, Professor John Raftery, said: “This important research helps to highlight how welcome international students are here. International students are a core part of our community at London Metropolitan University, and play a positive role in the UK’s economy and culture. They are not net migrants and the majority who study in the UK return to their home country after 3 or 4 enjoyable years here, resulting in 50 further years of soft diplomacy and warm relations as they pursue their careers. Many international students who remain in the UK go on to make leading contributions to the economy and society. People from all over the world want to study in the UK because of the country’s reputation as a leader in Higher Education and I believe it is time for international students to be removed from net migration figures. Following the UK’s vote to leave the EU, I also believe that more should be done to promote and celebrate the UK as a Higher Education destination.”

According to the UK Higher Education International Unit, the UK is the second most popular destination in the world for international students. The total value of UK education and training exports to the UK economy was estimated to be around £14billion, in a Government research paper. London Metropolitan University ( has been providing education to people from all backgrounds since 1848, with the creation of the Metropolitan Evening Classes for Working Men. The institution has a strong track record in supporting students to make transformational changes to their lives, helping people to do something they love. The Sunday Times Good University Guide recently placed London Metropolitan University ahead of five London based Russell Group institutions on their metric for ‘teaching quality’, which is derived from the National Student Survey completed by final year undergraduate students each year. In 2016, London Metropolitan University recorded its highest ever graduate employment score, with 93% of all 2014/15 graduates in work or further study six months after graduation.


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London Metropolitan University welcomes recent research showing that international students are welcome in the UK. International students are a core part of the community at the University.

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