Even though more and more students are now opting for a greater number of study abroad choices, there has been a steep drop in the number of applications to the UK universities.
According to the University and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) numbers, there has been a decline of 11,000 applications for fall enrolment, as compared to previous year. The numbers have obviously become a reason for major concern for UCAS even though the experts attribute this reduction in the number to a fact that the population of 18-year olds available to attend university is low.
After being urged by UCAS, the UK government is expected to take this matter seriously and take the following measures:
- Look at effective ways of recruiting.
- Make efforts in order to retain older students.
- Offer scholarships and funding options in a creative manner.
The good news, however, is that even if there has been a steep drop in enrolments for fall, the applications from EU students have seen a growth of two percent and other international applications a growth of eight percent.
According to Clare Marchant, the UCAS chief executive, the UK education and full-time degrees offered by its institutions still attract a vast number of students from around the world. Nevertheless, the continuing reduction in the number of fall applications, especially for the Nursing course, calls for a greater attention. He, further, added that this would need a review of education of students older than 18 years. Also, the needs of mature students will have to be addressed so as to make it possible for them to develop their potential through higher education as their means, regardless of subjects or degree they wish to pursue.
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