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International students are a ‘great asset’ to the UK’s economy

Lord Heseltine has hailed international students as a ‘great asset’ to the UK, as investment in student property continues to grow across the UK.

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Lord Heseltine has hailed international students as a ‘great asset’ to the UK, as investment in student property continues to grow across the UK.

The large numbers of international students who come to the UK in order to study have been described by the ex-Deputy Prime Minister as a ‘great asset financially and educationally’.


Lord Heseltine’s comments come following the announcement of the government’s net immigration plans, leading the politician to request that students need to be excluded from official immigration figures.


The UK’s education system is one of its greatest exports, generating more than £10 billion a year for the economy and attracting thousands of international students to study in the UK. Applications from abroad have risen by 7% according to UCAS, with the coveted Russell Group universities attracting even higher numbers.


The continued growth of the UK’s higher education sector is also having a direct impact on the UK’s student accommodation market. Already the UK’s best performing asset class; student property has already seen £1.13bn worth of investment so far this year, adding to the near £4bn total generated over the past two years.

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