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Higher Education in Scotland and the UKDiverging or Converging Systems?$
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Sheila Riddell, Elisabet Weedon, and Sarah Minty

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781474404587

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: September 2016

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9781474404587.001.0001

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The Internationalisation of Higher Education in Scotland and the UK

The Internationalisation of Higher Education in Scotland and the UK

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(p.110) 7 The Internationalisation of Higher Education in Scotland and the UK
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Higher Education in Scotland and the UK
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Elisabet Weedon

Chung-yan (Grace) Kong

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Edinburgh University Press
DOI:10.3366/edinburgh/9781474404587.003.0007

Globally over the last forty years the number of students who leave their home country to study abroad has grown considerably. Traditionally, countries in the English-speaking world have been major recipients of international students, but these countries are now facing increasing competition. International students are considered valuable not only to the host country, but also to individual universities since they boost institutional finance as well as generating jobs in the local economy and creating a more diverse local culture. Using data from the HESA as well as key informant interviews, this chapter examines the relative importance of international students in the four countries of the UK. The issue of migrant students has become intertwined with the hot political topic of immigration more generally, and we examine how this has played out in different contexts. Finally, we present a case study of Chinese students studying mainly at an ancient Scottish university to shed light on their reasons for enrolling at this institution and their experiences of living and studying in Scotland. In the conclusion we explore the extent to which the internationalisation of higher education was still an area of policy convergence across the UK (Gallacher and Raffe, 2012).

Keywords:   internationalisation, independence, Scotland, higher education

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