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The number of international students at a university has soared to its highest figure in 15 years, a Freedom of Information Request has found.

The University of Brighton, which currently homes more than 20,000 students across its four campuses, has seen its numbers for non-UK students rise to 2,555 during the 2020/21 academic year – an increase of nearly 18% compared to 12 months previously.

A spokesperson for the university said: “A core strategic objective within the University’s Internationalisation Strategic Plan 2018-2021 was to increase the international diversity of our student population.

“As such, there have been enhanced efforts to achieve this goal and this is reflected in the growth in numbers.”

Figures show this year’s total is the highest since 2006 when a little more than 2,700 pupils studied at the institution – something that hasn’t come as a shock to third year architectural student, Zuzanna Murzyn.

“I’m not surprised numbers have increased given that 2020/2021 is the last academic year to start as a EU student with UK-student fees,” she added.

“But I also know that there is a great deal of care, time and resources spent on international students at the university in general.”

Eastbourne is one of the four campuses part of the University of Brighton

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