International student recruitment is a top priority for leaders in Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom. According to the report titled “Thriving in a Hyper-Competitive World” the lack of funding for universities and rising operational expenses can contribute to the need for more international students.
48% of university leaders hold the view that internationalisation is a high priority at their university. In the three surveyed countries—Australia, Canada, and the United Kingdom—around half of the respondents to the survey agree that the university where they work has the skills and capabilities. However, there are certain leaders who disagree with the view; this share of leaders is higher in Australia and the UK as compared to Canada.
University leaders said that they are keeping a count on the local representatives and private partnerships, including the companies that streamline admission into universities.
When the leaders were asked about their views on priorities in the recruitment process, like earning more from international students, admitting more students, improving education quality, and more, they revealed that their main focus is on earning more. In general, 52% of leaders hold the view that money is the main driving force, with 28% attracting more students.
Even many participants in the survey predict that in the near future, universities might increase tuition fees for international students. The United Kingdom, Australia, and Canada are among the nations with the greatest number of international students. According to the information available, the total number of international students in Australia during the period of January to July 2023 amounted to 710,893. In contrast, Canada recorded 807,750 study permit holders in 2022, which included individuals pursuing higher education.