Ghana has started sending significant numbers of students abroad to leading destinations. According to the ICEF Monitor, the recent growth of Ghanaian students in Germany, Canada, the UK, and the US suggests a trend where educators are now recruiting more intensively in Ghana than in the past. They are often doing so with the help of agents, virtual student fairs, in-country offices staffed by local experts etc.
The following data from Statista shows an impressive upward trend in Ghanaian students’ mobility for the years between 2010–2020. In Canada, according to IRCC data, there was a 40% increase in the number of enrolled Ghanaian students. Up to 1,235 in 2021, from 880 in 2017.
Apart from this, UK educators had enrolled 21.9% more Ghanaian students between 2020 to 2021 as compared to 2019-20. Moreover, along with Nigeria and Vietnam, Universities UK and UCAS are prioritising Ghana for market development.
After Nigeria, Ghana is seen as the second-largest Sub-Saharan African source market for USA educators. According to IIE data, there was a 36% increase in the enrollment of Ghanaian students in the US, from 3,215 in 2017/18 to 4,230 students taken in 2020/21.
According to DAAD (Deutscher Akademischer Austauschdienst), scholarship in Germany, Ghana can be seen as one of the fastest developing markets, with 70% more Ghanaian students enrolled in 2019/20 than in 2017.
In the current times, Ghanaian outbound students number is not large as compared to other major source markets in Africa like Morocco or Nigeria. However, the number is significant enough and has formed a critical mass of Ghanaian students at the top study destinations. If these students have a positive study experience, they may also recommend the destination or even the educational institution to their peers back home.
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