A trade war with the US is driving Chinese students to Britain, a study has revealed.
A fifth (20 per cent) of Chinese students chose the UK as their first choice destination, while 17 per cent opted for America, according to a report by EIC Education, a Chinese education consultancy.
There is huge demand among the growing Chinese middle class for their children to have an English education, while British institutions are rushing to cash in on the higher, international student tuition fees they bring in.
The number of Chinese students at British universities has soared in recent years with 106, 530 in 2017/18, up from 87,900 a five years ago, according to data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
The Trump administration has tightened visa requirements for Chinese students, especially those studying science and technology, amid mounting concerns about espionage.