Plans to Maximise Scotland’s Global Reputation
Promoting Scotland’s world leading university research and economic potential is at the core of the country’s first International Education Strategy (IES).
The IES sets out plans to attract more academic staff, and to encourage and support international students to stay in Scotland after qualifying to work in key growth economies.
As part of the strategy, activity will be increased to promote universities and colleges internationally to prospective students, with global alumni communities and the wider Scottish diaspora being engaged.
Work to develop a Scottish Exchange Programme will continue, building on the current Test and Learn project, and a Talent Attraction and Migration Service will be launched in 2024 providing information and advice for students considering staying in Scotland post-qualifying.
Graeme launched the strategy today on a visit to Edinburgh Napier University.
In 2022-23 more than 83,000 students from over 180 different countries came to study at Scottish universities, and international students made up a quarter of the total student population.
The National Strategy for Economic Transformation (NSET) highlights that Scotland has more top universities per head of population than any other country in the world and is in the top quartile of Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development countries for Higher Education Research & Development.