International Students in Scotland: Attraction and Support

As a nation committed to internationalism and boasting a world-renowned Higher Education sector, Scotland continues to be an attractive destination for international students. However, with the continued uncertainty created by Brexit, how can the higher education sector continue to attract international students in an increasingly competitive and uncertain landscape?

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The context

In July of this year, UCAS released figures showing that the number of non-EU international students applying to study in Scotland has increased by 6% in the previous year. Capitalising on international recognition allows Scottish universities to attract the very best of international talent, with the benefits far outreaching individual institutions. International students have a positive impact on the social, economic and cultural fabric of Scotland, which we are all the richer for.

However, this was accompanied by a 4% decrease in the number of applications from EU nationals. This shift reflects the uncertainties that continue to surround Brexit and the impact it will have on the rights of EU citizens. There are still actions institutions can take in the face of this, with a conscientious effort to recruit and provide positive experiences for international students at the heart of ongoing success.

The event

Join Holyrood as we examine why international students choose to study in Scotland and what more we can do to build on and nurture these deciding factors in a competitive and changing educational landscape. Further sessions will consider what institutions can do to provide positive and engaging experiences as well as looking to the relationships forged beyond study – from international careers guidance to alumni networks.

Key issues to be addressed

  • The future of international graduate recruitment – facing the uncertainties of Brexit
  • Promoting Scotland as an education destination for international students
  • Creating positive experiences for international students
  • Promoting engagement and cohesion for all students
  • Providing relevant, tailored careers guidance to international graduates
  • Retaining and strengthening international alumni networks

Agenda*

09:15 Registration and Refreshments

09:55 Welcome and Introduction by the Chair

10:00 Session 1: Attracting International Students

  • The future of international graduate recruitment – facing the uncertainties of Brexit
  • Promoting Scotland as an education destination for international students
  • Policy overview and latest developments

11:00 Refreshments and Networking

11:30 Session 2: Inclusive and Supportive Campuses

  • Creating positive experiences for international students
  • Promoting engagement and cohesion for all students
  • Supporting international students through the challenges they face moving to and living in a foreign country

12:50 Lunch and Networking

13:30 Session 3: Post-Graduation Opportunities

  • Supporting students who wish to stay and work in Scotland
  • Providing relevant, tailored careers guidance to international graduates
  • Retaining and strengthening international Alumni networks

14.30 Questions and Discussion

15:00 Close of Event

*Agenda subject to change

Venue

COSLA, Verity House, 19 Haymarket Yards, Edinburgh EH12 5BH | Map

Costs

Delegate rates (excluding VAT):

  • Discounted rate: 1 place £145 + VAT (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 + VAT | 2+ places £195 + VAT (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 + VAT | 2+ places £245 + VAT (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)

For more information please email enquiries@holyrood.com or phone 0131 285 1635

Dates
6 February 2018
Location
Edinburgh
United Kingdom

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