31 Mar

UCAS Conference Review: What’s the student view?

Yesterday I presented at the UCAS Annual Conference running a session on international student decision making. Download the slides today.

Each year we survey students asking what’s important during the enquiry and application process.  One thing that is consistently highlighted as important to students at enquiry stage is “responsiveness of the university”, students use it as an indicator of teaching quality.  When it comes to responsiveness they expect a detailed reply within three days or a short reply within 24 hours.  You can get more insight in the full report Beyond the Data: Understanding International Student Decision Making.

As part of the session I asked the delegates when the last time was that they looked at their enquiry processes through the eyes of a prospective student, particularly an international student.  I also asked: Read More

20 Mar

International Higher Education Conference 2015

There was a great turnout for the International Higher Education yesterday. We shared highlights from our latest International Student Decision Making Survey with a focus on how to promote the value of a UK education to international students, and it was great to hear some of the conversations that this generated.

Download the presentation slides here, if you have any questions give us a call on 0207 250 6622 or email us at emea-markeitng@hobsons.com.

Stay tuned for the release of our 2015 International Student Decision Making report, if you haven’t already download our last International Student Decision Making report here.

Join in the conversation, tweet us @HobsonsEMEA and follow the hashtag #IHEforum15.

 

 

26 Nov

Study UK Annual Conference

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Yesterday we had the pleasure of presenting a workshop at the annual Study UK Conference in London.  Attended by over 150 delegates the conference heard from a stellar line up of speakers including Rt Hon David Hanson MP, Shadow Minister for Immigration.  The engaged audience of independent providers heard that immigration is good for Britain and that if there was a change of government students would not be part of the net migration target and his party would look for ways to increase clarity around Tier 4, access to work and volunteering opportunities.

Our afternoon session looked at the findings of our second international student survey Beyond the Data: Influencing International Student Decision Making.  The audience heard how international students decide where to study and what the most important factors are in their decision making.  For those that would like a copy of the presentation you can download it here.

Thanks again to Study UK and conference attendees for a great day!

 

17 Oct

Destination anywhere: how business students decide where to study

Our Regional Director, Paul Clark, has shared some of his insight with the Association of Business Schools on some of the factors influencing business students’ choices, how they make decisions and what makes them choose one business school and a course over another.

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22 May

Graduate employability key to how international students see UK Universities

International Student Survey Hobsons

Our universities are respected worldwide. Four of our universities are in the global top ten. As such, Higher Education is a major export market for the UK, with hundreds and thousands of students from across the globe applying to and attending British Universities each year. It is estimated that international students contribute £14 billion to the UK economy.

But, after a 29-year period of a sustained rise in the number of international students registered on full-time programmes at Higher Education institutions, in 2012-13 the UK saw a drop in the number of international applicants. In particular, 2012-13 saw a decline in applicants from within the EU and from the Indian subcontinent.

In order to understand this change, we surveyed 18,393 students from over 195 countries.
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