The Secretary of State gives a speech on the International Education Strategy event held in UK

The following is a summary of what points he made:

Britain stands on the brink of a new era in their trading history. It is an opportunity they intend to seize as an outward looking Global Britain.

The United Kingdom is a great, outwards looking trading nation. It is not only in their history –as a part of their make-up. Today, a key component of this is their services sector; they are one of the world’s largest service exporters – second only to the United States.

The share of global GDP of the seven largest emerging economies – including China, India and Turkey – has been projected to increase from around 35% to nearly 50% by 2050.

The global middle class is expected to reach 5.4 billion people by 2030, up from 3 billion in 2015.

This seismic shift in economic and demographic potheyr will rapidly change opportunities in the global economy, driving demand for precisely those skills and expertise in which the UK already excels.

And their educational providers can be at the forefront of this shift, reaching out to seize the opportunities of a rapidly changing and expanding global education market.

The UK’s International Education Strategy is designed to achieve just this.

As the Education Secretary has just outlined, they recognize that it is leaders like you – not government – that must be at the forefront of this ambition.

That is why it is a sector-led Strategy, developed in cooperation with education providers across the UK to address the practical barriers you face, and finding the right tools to overcome them.

Some education providers may feel they are not suited to take advantage of exporting opportunities, or lack the confidence or knowledge in how to pursue them.

They may not have the information they need about how to tackle policy or regulatory barriers to access overseas markets, how to seek and get finance, or even where to go for help.

This Strategy is about overcoming these challenges. At its heart is an ambitious goal of achieving an increase in the value of the UK education exports to £35 billion per year.