Figures released by UCAS show a 9.9 per cent increase in number of students applying to UK universities from China and a 19.3 per cent on those from India.
The figures show that while our reforms of the student visa route have tackled abuse, they have not put students off of coming to study at UK universities.
Immigration Minister Mark Harper said:
‘The increase in non-EEA student applications is further proof that the UK remains open to the brightest and the best and international students.
‘In particular, numbers from India and China have seen big increases. This shows that despite stories to the contrary, students continue to want to come to the UK to study at our world class universities.
‘We have tackled abuse of the student route head on – without affecting genuine students. By protecting the reputation of the British education system will we be able to compete in a global race.’
Source: UK Border Agency.