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LONDON: A record number of Indians have applied for undergraduate courses at UK universities for the academic session starting in September.
As of January 26 deadline, applications from India through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS), the UK’s shared admissions service for higher education, grew by 11% year-onyear to 8,660 applicants (compared to 7,830 in 2021) and have almost doubled since 2019 when there were 4,690 applicants. India remains the second-biggest non-EU market for UK higher education after China (28,930 applicants). While applications can be submitted beyond the deadline, these are subject to availability of seats.
“This a record figure for Indian undergraduate applications and a good indicator of how countries are viewing the UK as a higher education destination,” said UCAS International MD Des Cutchey. “The number of applications from India for nursing studies is considerably higher than previous years, showing the importance of the profession after the pandemic. Our forecast is that applications from India will continue to increase. ”
When asked if UK universities opening up campuses in India and Indian varsities doing the same in Britain (as reported by TOI) will impact application numbers, Cutchey said he did not foresee much change as there is already a precedent of this in other nations and it has not affected student numbers. “The appeal of having an experience in a country outside your own is still strong. This (outpost) just offers an alternative which may be more attractive to some. ”



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