The 2021 COBIS Annual Analysis Survey, performed in late 2021 in partnership with GL Training, discovered that 51% of the 115 responding faculties reported pupil numbers had risen this yr. Within the 2020 survey, 22% of respondents had mentioned the identical.
A complete of 47% of faculties additionally reported a rise on pre-pandemic scholar numbers at the beginning of 2019/20.
“The findings within the report present a constructive image about how high-quality COBIS faculties are navigating the challenges of the previous two years, with will increase in scholar numbers, and extra faculties absolutely open on the time of information assortment,” CEO of the British worldwide faculty community, Colin Bell, mentioned.
Nevertheless, the “affect of Covid-19 continues to be felt”, he continued, significantly within the space of instructor provide for British worldwide faculties.
“The findings within the report present a constructive image about how high-quality COBIS faculties are navigating the challenges of the previous two years”
Ongoing difficulties with visas and pre-employment checks proceed to be problematic, the report indicated.
The survey discovered 42% of faculties reported delays or difficulties with visas and pre-employment checks, whereas 34% relayed delayed begin of worldwide employees as a result of journey restrictions.
It additionally discovered that the share of leavers occurring to HE within the UK has decreased. COBIS mentioned the discovering is “in line with the anecdotal proof from our member faculties” that college students are contemplating a wider vary of upper schooling locations.
Of the 96% of COBIS faculty leavers from 2020/21 occurring to college, 42% went to the UK, slipping from 50% in 2020 and 53% in 2019.
Components faculties mentioned had been influencing selections to go for different college locations than the UK included: price of college within the UK (51%); potential challenges with UK visas (36%); Brexit (30%); and desire for college nearer to residence/household (30%).
A fifth of responding faculties indicated that some 2020/21 leavers had been additionally opting to pursue a UK Increased Training program exterior the UK, finding out at worldwide campuses or by way of distance studying.
The organisation warned that if the UK authorities is to succeed in its 600,000 worldwide scholar goal by 2030, it should “take into account what additional help and recognition they will supply to high-quality, accredited British faculties working abroad”.