UK PSW takes interest from Aus – IDP Connect

Published 04/11/2019

The UK’s decision to reintroduce post-study work rights in 2020 has had an immediate positive impact on the demand from prospective Indian students at the expense of other competitor destinations, according to the latest data from market intelligence agency IDP Connect.

The data, based on over 50 million prospective student searches from around the world, showed immediately after the announcement, Indian students shifted enquiries towards the UK, taking substantial market share from Australia.

“There is a big impact in demand for health and medicine courses”

“You can see that the UK’s quickly gaining share in interest, and it has been taken from Australia and also the other destination markets,” said chief executive of IDP Connect Simon Emmett.

“Canada’s actually held strong, but it’s been taken from New Zealand and Singapore.”

The third quarter of 2019 saw the UK and Australia near parity, at 16.2% and 16.8% of all Indian searches respectively. New Zealand and Singapore, meanwhile, had comparatively smaller drops to 6.1% and 6.8% of total searches.

The most noticeable impact of the 10 September announcement, however, came almost immediately after, with IDP Connect’s data showing search results to the UK overtaking Australia to increase by 47% as interest in Australia decreased 15%.

Speaking on the results, Emmett said current search tendencies were indicative of future enrolment trends over the next 18 months, adding this may be experienced more quickly in Indian enrolments due to a shorter timeframe for decision-making.

While overall interest increased to the UK, subject and course search data revealed changes to the fields of interest for prospective Indian students, which Emmett said providers should consider as part of their marketing efforts.

“There is a big impact in demand for health and medicine courses in the UK; computer science, engineering and tech,” he said.

“From a UK institution perspective, that does change the academic that they may send out to support the teams during a visit, maybe some of the subject campaigns.”

According to IDP Connect’s 2019 Digital International Student Survey, prospective students were most swayed by employment prospects and work experience during and after studies.

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