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Overseas Students: Vietnam

Volume 472: debated on Monday 25 February 2008

To ask the Secretary of State for Innovation, Universities and Skills how many Vietnamese nationals are studying in the UK's higher education system; and if he will make a statement. (179632)

The latest available information shows that the number of Vietnamese domiciled students in UK higher education institutions for the 2006-07 academic year was 1,685. Figures for 2007-08 will be available in January 2009. Numbers have increased by 16 per cent. from the previous year. This is good news. International students such as those from Vietnam bring an international perspective to our campuses, they help maintain the UK's world class research base, and they provide a valuable source of income for our universities and indeed for the economy more widely. The "Global Value" report published by the British Council in September estimated that the total value of international HE students to the UK economy was in the region of £5 billion per year.