New ‘Plan for London’ highlights the vital role of higher education to the capital’s success

03 March 2021
Posted by Study Group

Study Group has welcomed a focus on the importance of international education and universities in the new ‘Plan for London’ published by the London Mayor.

The London Plan includes a focus on the role universities and education have to play in “ensuring that London continues to provide leadership in innovation, research, policy and ideas, supporting its role as an international incubator and centre for learning.”

According to Chief Executive Officer Emma Lancaster,

“London has long been a popular destination for international students. As an exciting and genuinely multicultural global city, London is proud of its excellent institutions of higher education and welcoming spirit. 

“Study Group is playing an active role in this process through our work with international students in the capital. In addition to the location of our corporate headquarters in London, Study Group has recently renewed our partnership to provide pathway programmes for international students with London’s Royal Holloway and Kingston universities, and we also run programmes with the London offices of Coventry and Huddersfield universities alongside our international London Bellerbys College. These activities contribute vibrancy, opportunity and employment to the London economy.”

The total number of international students at London's universities in 2018-19 was 125,035, up 5.8% from 2017-18 and a rise on last year's growth rate of 5.3%, demonstrating the UK capital's growing appeal for prospective students.

The importance of its world-leading education to London was also reiterated by the Chief Executive of London Higher, Diana Beech: “As the London Plan rightly recognises, the city’s universities and colleges are absolutely vital to supporting business growth, attracting inward investment and upholding the nation’s international competitiveness.”

There are over 40 higher education institutions in the capital and the QS Best Student City rankings has named London the ‘best city for international students’ taking into account a range of indicators including student mix, employability and the performance of their universities.

Study Group is the leading provider in international pathway programmes.

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