UK higher education qualification overseas has around 600,000 students studying for the qualification for the universities of UK, as per the statistics that has revealed an increase of about 4.9 per cent in comparison with the last year's figures.
These are the students studying at UK branch campuses abroad on distance learning programmes or taking programmes provided by local partners approved by British universities.
Over half of these students are located in Asia, and 1 in 5 of the total belong to Malaysia and Singapore, as per the information published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency.
353,975 students in total are studying for an award from an institution from UK, however, they are not literally registered with them.
Among those students who are enrolled at a UK institution, 23,635 are on "distance, flexible or distributed learning" programmes, while 103,795 are on other types of programme, which includes collaborative courses.
The overseas branch campuses have only 17,520 students studying.
Around 500,000 of the overseas students are on undergraduate programmes, and around 100,000 are on the postgraduate programmes.
However, 43.7 per cent of the total number of students ie. around 260,000 students are enrolled at Oxford Brookes University, chiefly studying for an Association of Chartered Certified Accountants qualification with partners abroad, as pointed out by Hesa.
Quality Assurance Agency revealed last year that most of the students of accountancy found it hard to use such qualifications in their native countries, which often did not acknowledge distance-learning degrees or international accountancy qualifications.
It is said that the problem with non-recognition "is a particular concern in China, which does not recognise overseas degrees delivered by distance learning."