New measures aimed at boosting access to global student exchanges, attracting more overseas students and supporting international education partnerships have been announced today (6 February).
Following the announcement in December of the new £110 million Turing scheme, the Department for Education has today announced the “next phase” of the international student exchange programme by launching a new website which outlines its funding rates and eligibility criteria ahead of a six-week bidding process in March.
The pioneering scheme will allow students to study and work abroad from September 2021 and will target those from disadvantaged backgrounds.
The updated International Education Strategy, led by the Department for Education (DfE) and the Department for International Trade (DIT), will work alongside the scheme, focused on supporting the education sector to build back better from the pandemic by boosting global growth opportunities.
The Government has reaffirmed it’s commitment to increase the amount generated from education exports, such as fees and income from overseas students and English language teaching abroad, to £35bn a year, and sustainably recruit at least 600,000 international students to the UK by 2030.
It also outlines plans for a new international teaching qualification (iQTS) so teachers around the globe can train to world-leading domestic standards and support growing international demand for high quality teaching. It also highlights recent changes including streamlining application processes and boosting job prospects for international students.
Universities Minister, Michelle Donelan said:
Minister for Exports Graham Stuart MP added:
Schools, colleges and universities can now access details on the Turing Scheme including funding rates and eligibility criteria to help them to prepare applications for the new scheme ahead of the applications window opening in the next few weeks.
The updated Strategy’s measures to boost the UK’s world-renowned education exports include:
- Launching a consultation for a new international teaching qualification, International Qualified Teacher Status (iQTS), to enable teachers around the world to train to domestic standards, supporting the sector to meet growing international demand for its high quality teacher training;
- Promoting UK teaching methods for supporting those with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) internationally;
- Setting out priority countries for the International Education Champion, Sir Steve Smith, to work with, promoting growth for exports and addressing any barriers in the global market.
International Education Champion, Sir Steve Smith, said:
UK education providers can take advantage of schemes such as UK Export Finance’s General Export Facility, an export guarantee scheme that can be used by firms to help cover the everyday costs linked to exporting.
Further export support includes enhancing the international student experience from application to employment, connecting international demand for chartered body qualifications to UK education suppliers, and identifying specific Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) export opportunities for UK businesses.
Attracting inward investment will also form part of the sector recovery plans, with the government building on its promotion of the UK Education Technology sector and expanding into new sub-sectors, further stimulating foreign direct investment into all corners of the UK.
The International Education Strategy is supported by the Government’s ‘Education is GREAT’ trade promotion campaign, which represents the UK’s offer of education provision to prospective international students or trade partners in other countries. As part of the campaign, DIT has developed a virtual programme to support the global recovery of the education sector’s international activity.
Chief Executive of Association of Colleges, David Hughes said:
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