International education is increasingly becoming a complex and interconnected sector which is dependent on a diversity of factors. The development of strategies relating to tertiary education and student mobility must account for this complexity. While economic and demographic forecasts are important components in building a strategy, there are also wider drivers which affect global flows of students and should also play a role in building a holistic and diverse approach to internationalisation. This new biannual report builds on previous British Council forecasting work and focuses on extended projections of key international student mobility indicators, supplemented by an examination of how academic, economic, socio-cultural and political factors affect existing and predicted mobility patterns. Research is based on a sample of the 50+ largest higher education markets from a domestic enrolment and outbound mobility perspective.
Beyond the traditional picture of origin and destination countries, there is a new, growing and changing landscape of mobility and international education. In addition to forecasts, this special report provides insight into a diverse range of factors which will impact how institutions and traditional host destinations develop their internationalisation strategies.