The UK’s ongoing plans to leave the European Union (EU), a move popularly referred to as ‘Brexit’, may benefit African educational institutions, new reports have shown.
In line with these developments, Mauritius based Rushmore Business School has already set its sights on expansion into East Africa with its offer of quality British degree programmes delivered on the African continent.
“A grim outlook for the British education sector at the start of the year has only got worse as the nation prepares for a “No Deal Brexit” and a long period of uncertainty around UK trade and immigration policies,” Rushmore Business School stated in a recent address.
British universities are now warning that international students, worth £26bn to the UK economy, will opt for countries such as the US, Canada and Australia instead. Already Australia has moved ahead of the UK as the second biggest destination for overseas students.
“However, in a time of crisis for UK universities, opportunities could open up for African higher education institutions. While political developments like Brexit are putting up increased barriers to free global movement, the demand for international education and experience has never been higher,” said Rushmore.
Since 2002. Rushmore Business School in Mauritius has offered British education in association with British Universities from its base in Mauritius. The idea of a winning a British degree without the high cost of relocating and living in the UK proved popular with Mauritian students. Rushmore now offers over 60 programmes in collaboration with UK institutions, some up to PhD level.
Dr Essoo Rushmore of the Business School previously announced plans to open new international Rushmore campus in East Africa and Europe.
“I think our next step needs to be going physically to those markets and expanding there. We are working on that now, we call this the third stage of our development. The first stage was setting up initially, the second stage was building our campus here and consolidating what we had, and now the third stage is to go in to other markets and take our model there,” said Dr. Essoo.
The plan is to have campuses in Mauritius, Eastern Africa, and Europe offering the same courses and offer students mobility between the three campuses.
“In addition to Africa, a lot of Europeans, particularly from Eastern Europe, study in the UK either for their full degree or for one term or one year through exchange programmes. We believe that with Brexit there is going to be an impact on education and on those students. We believe that we can go into those European markets and offer British education,” said Dr. Essoo.
International higher education is now a $1.9 trillion global market and enrollments in higher education institutions are projected to grow by 200% by 2040. It is estimated that total enrolment across the African continent will roughly triple from 7.4 million students to nearly 22 million by 2040.