In the past two years alone, the higher education landscape has changed dramatically. While there will be 2.5 million more internationally mobile students by 2030, their interest in UK and US universities is waning. Brexit and Trump’s isolationist politics could be seen as reasons for this trend, but the full explanation goes far beyond this. Student decision-making is also swayed by cost, quality of education, the knowledge of college counsellors and the global proliferation of English-language courses.
The result? Universities in countries like Australia, Canada, Hong Kong, the Netherlands, UAE, and Mexico are now among the top 50 most popular destinations for students who study abroad.
(Wincy Wu, personal communication, March 9, 2018)