Deep in world affairs 2

December 5, 2003

The UK has long regarded itself as international because it has large numbers of international students and because its researchers collaborate worldwide. Other countries are internationalising far more rapidly and broadly. Employers are increasingly looking for graduates able to operate in a global economy. As the fee burden grows, UK students will look for a return on their investment. They will question whether a three-year stint pursuing a British-centred curriculum makes them sufficiently attractive. They might also ask whether an international higher education experience might better be gained for a similar price in a more exotic location.

David Baker
Head, International Centre
University of Leeds

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