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.
Furthermore, higher education in Wales is a major economic force:
- 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.
- 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.