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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 2015/16 academic year, there were around 129,000 enrolments onto HE courses in Wales, of which some 29% were part-time.
  • Around 8% of students from Wales takes some element of their course through the medium of Welsh.
  • Wales trains around 1,200 primary and secondary school teachers a year.
  • Wales welcomes around 17,000 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.
  • in 2013-14 Welsh universities generated £4.5 billion of output in Wales and nearly 50,000 jobs
  • in 2015/16 Welsh universities brought in over £200 million of research investment into Wales from external sources
  • in 2015/16 international students and their visitors generated £716m of Welsh output. On-campus and off-campus expenditure produced over £372m of Welsh Gross Value Added (GVA), and generated 6850 full-time equivalent jobs.
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