International Education Strategy 2021

The refreshed International Education Strategy (IES) was published in February 2021 with a very welcome new focus on the international student experience. The strategy was reviewed and renewed reflecting the dual impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic and the UK’s exit from the EU in mind.

Of the 14 actions in the newly updated strategy, UKCISA is explicitly mentioned as leading on two of these, namely:

  • Studying in the UK, Action 5 – UKCISA is working in partnership with the Office for Students (OfS) to lead a new project “to find ‘what works’ in ensuring international students can integrate and receive a fulfilling academic experience in the UK”
  • Graduate outcomes and employability, Action 6 – this refers to the International Student Employability Group (ISEG), which brings together sector partners with the CBI to “build understanding of the UK’s skills needs, international labour markets, and barriers to international graduate employability and share examples of best practice across the sector”