Last week, UK university delegates gathered together to discuss the important topic of future challenges of international admissions. The topic was a part of the QS UK Higher Education Festival at London’s prestigious National Theatre.
As per Pie News, the Senior Vice President & Managing Director of QS Enrolment Solutions, Edward Harcourt said that they have a few of the answers, but not all. He also assured everyone that they will be listening to others and their suggestions on the ways to adapt and meet the challenges faced by the people in an institutional context.
In his speech, Harcourt cited the recent HolonIQ report that predicts the doubling of study abroad expenditure by 2030 and reaching a global market value of at least US$10 trillion. He also said, “Volume growth in the post-Covid world, given the geopolitical realities that we face, actually presents a sizeable risk and that market diversification is really where every institution is wanting to focus”.
The delegation also discussed strategic challenges like agent management, diversity and consumer behaviour along with global higher education specialist Vincenzo Raimo, behavioural psychologist Nisa Bayindhir and Funmi Olonisakin, Vice President for Global Engagement at King’s College London.
The main objective of the discussion was student expectations and the communication done with their chosen university. The QS International Student Survey conducted in 2021 revealed that 84% of students expected a response within a week.
QS works with more than 25 UK university partners including King’s College London, Loughborough University and the University of Birmingham to increase their service capacity.