London keeps its appeals as primary destination for Arab students
LONDON - A study made by the University of Westminster shows that numbers of Arab Students in the UK have significantly increased in the years between 2009/2010 and 2011/2012.
According to Higher Education Statistic Agency (HESA), there was an increase of 6.2% in the numbers of Non-EU students in the UK through the past two years in which students from Arab countries are the majority.
From the 22 states of the Arab League members, students of the Gulf region make the majority with 10,270 students from Saudi Arabia alone, putting that country on the 7th position among the top Non-EU senders to the UK, and with an increase of its students by 23.14% in comparison to 2009/2010.
By adding numbers from other Arab countries this position is greatly increased. By asking the embassies of several Gulf States in the UK, a recent study showed that there are 886 students from United Arab Emirates, 1200 students from Qatar and 2000 students from Oman for the 2011/2012 periods, showing that London is the still the main destination for Arab students in comparison to other European cities.
At the University of Westminster there are 341 students from the Middle East fully enrolled for undergraduate and postgraduate studies. Trish Evans senior lecturer at the University stated: “UK Universities welcome students from all corners of the world. In recent years we have been fortunate to have several Arab students on our courses who have helped deepen understanding and build relationships across borders. We look forward to more students from Arab speaking countries joining our media courses at Westminster University as they will acquire skills and knowledge from some experienced and highly regarded teachers”.
London is home to 100,000 international students from more than 200 different nations, making it an easy to live in city. Therefore young students can blend in with each other and live a new experience without feeling alienated. By asking a number of Arab nationals in London about why they chose to study in the UK, the majority of the answers were because London is a cosmopolitan city that offers wide varieties of historical, cultural and social activities to its students. Also many chose to come to the UK because of how recognized and respected a UK degree is throughout the Arab world.