The number of Indian students taking undergraduate or postgraduate degree courses in Wales has increased by more than 200 per cent compared to last year – a higher growth than any other region in the UK. There are currently 18 million students from India studying worldwide and more than 55,000 currently live in the UK.
In 2019, the UK Government introduced the Graduate Immigration Route as a way to retain the brightest and best international students to contribute to society and the economy after graduating under the points-based immigration system. Students completing an undergraduate or master’s degree can apply to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK for two years. Since its launch, there has been a natural rise in applications to study in the UK.
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Commenting on the peak in Indian students, said Harish Lokhun, India Market Development Manager for Study in Wales: “Wales, as a nation, offers beautiful beaches, lush landscapes and affordable housing. Universities in Wales have some of the lowest accommodation costs in the United Kingdom – so there’s something for everyone Every student who chooses to study in Wales can benefit from involvement in academia, research and innovation.
“The announcement of the Graduation Immigration Route in 2019 has seen an increase in applications from India for students wishing to study in the UK and this has shown that despite a global pandemic, there is a desire to studying in the UK Students studying in Wales will feel safe here and will enjoy a while away from the traffic and busy cities of India – many students also comment on how welcome they feel.Added Harish Lokhun .
To support Indian students, Welsh universities are building new partnerships with the higher education sector in Telangana. The partnerships are made by the Universities of Wales and the British Council in Wales and India.
Global Wales, the Welsh International Coalition for Higher Education, and the British Council, the United Kingdom’s international organization for educational opportunities and cultural exchange, are working with Telangana State Council of Higher Education (TSCHE) to promote the curriculum in their higher education institutions. reform. Over three years, a new curriculum reform pilot will be expanded to more than 1,000 colleges, positively impacting more than 800,000 students and will help Telangana develop the internationalization of its higher education sector.
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