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Uclan in ‘strong position’ despite fall in international students

Written by on June 9, 2020

Universities in the UK are bracing for a sharp fall in East Asian students, which could result in a £460m loss of income, due to the coronavirus pandemic.

According to a survey conducted by the British Council, the health emergency could result in 14,000 fewer students coming to study in the UK than that of 2018/19.

The decline of 20 percent in students from east Asia would amount to a 12 percent fall in the number of international students overall.

The research found that this could cause a £460m loss of income from tuition and living expenses such as accommodation.

However, the University of Central Lancashire (Uclan), says that international applications for 2020/21 have been “extremely strong.”

A spokesman said: “International applications for 2020/21 have been extremely strong and while income from this cohort is important, we do not rely on it.

“ In regard to China we are in a better position than others in the sector because of our unique ‘in country’ teaching model, where Chinese students study on Uclan programmes in China for the first two, or all three, years of their degrees.

“Currently we have nearly 1,500 Chinese students on Uclan programmes being taught in mainland China and while deferrals to take up places in Preston are currently very low, there is also potential for these students to remain in the country on our franchise provision for their full programme.

“Elsewhere we are in the fortunate position of having our branch campus in Cyprus – with a student population of 1000 – offering 24 programmes at undergraduate and postgraduate level.”

At present, the number of deferrals at Uclan against the total number of applications is 0.68%.

When presented with the same figures, Lancaster University declined to comment.