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About the higher education sector in Wales

Higher education (HE) in Wales is offered mainly through Wales's 8 universities - higher education institutions - plus the Open University in Wales. It is also offered at a number of further education colleges.

  • In the 2012/13 academic year, there were more than 122,000 enrolments onto HE courses in Wales, of which some 30% were part-time.
  • Around 1 in 16 students from Wales takes some element of their course through the medium of Welsh.
  • Wales trains around 1,700 primary and secondary school teachers a year.
  • Wales welcomes more than 13,000 international students annually.
  • More than half of students who study in Wales are from Wales.
  • Some higher education courses are provided through further education colleges.
Furthermore, higher education in Wales is a major economic force:
  • producing more than 30,000 graduates a year.
  • contributing more than £2 billion annually to the Welsh economy.
  • as a major employer in Wales.
  • attracting inward investment and generating export earnings.
  • attracting £150 million of research investment into Wales from wider UK public and private sources, and from the European Union.
  • attracting students to study in Wales, all of whom generate local demand for goods and services. Wales's international and EU students contribute some £237 million to Wales's GDP every year.
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