Having a say in key university governance structures is one the recommendations in a report released from London Higher and Middlesex University today (6/9).
"Expressing the International Student Voice: What International Students in London Tell Us About Their Experiences of Studying at University" has been prepared for the International Higher Education Commission (IHEC) and offers valuable insights into the perspectives of international students studying in London.
The report captures the outcomes of a roundtable discussion held at Middlesex on June 20, 2023, and some recommendations. The discussion brought together international students from various London universities, and a range of backgrounds and academic levels. The aim was to gain a deeper understanding of the international student experience in London and to provide recommendations for enhancing their university journey.
The report highlights a range of factors that influence international students' experiences in London:
"The crucial thing is for us to treat international students as people, not numbers, and to make sure we are listening, responding and co-designing with them.” Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor, Middlesex University
Based on the findings, the paper offers several recommendations to enhance the international student experience in London:
Commenting on the paper, Dr Diana Beech, CEO of London Higher said:
"This paper provides a comprehensive understanding of the experiences and challenges faced by international students studying in London. As CEO of London Higher, I am committed to ensuring that our vibrant city remains an attractive and supportive destination for students from around the world. The findings in this report will guide us in collaborating with our member institutions and partners to enhance the overall experience for international students, from their arrival to their academic journey and beyond. By addressing the issues highlighted in the report and implementing the recommended actions with our partners across London, we can collectively create a more inclusive and enriching environment for all students in London."
Professor Nic Beech, Vice-Chancellor at Middlesex University London said:
“Much has been written about international students, but our consultation emphasised that international students do not form a homogenous group and the range of their educational interests and concerns is not so different to those of UK students. The crucial thing is for us to treat international students as people, not numbers, and to make sure we are listening, responding and co-designing with them.”