The Great Education Exchange

Thursday 14-09-2017 - 09:37

I am proud to present you The Great Education Exchange, an NUS board game (aka the YinBoard Game) on the International Student Experience.

This game was developed with the help of international students and each square guides players through what it is like to be an international student in the UK. All you need is to supply the dice and cut out the pieces.

It is our hope that you can use to lobby politicians on the issues of international students in a fun and creative way.

Why has NUS made The Great Education Exchange?

International students have constantly been under attack since the government introduced their pledge to reduce net migration from the hundreds of thousands to the tens of thousands, and refused to take their numbers out of the migration figures. We want to get the message to all students, politicians and Vice-Chancellors that being an international student is already tough by this educational game - when rules change seemingly at the roll of a dice, it makes things even more difficult.

What we want you to do?

We need you to meet and play the game with:

  • Local Members of Parliament and councilors
  • Vice-Chancellors
  • Students and Officers

Take pictures (and selfies) and post them on social media #TGEE (or #YinBoard). Invite international students with you so that they can share their own personal experiences while playing the game.

What are the key messages we need you to give?

International students contribute a great deal to the social and economic fabric of the UK by:

  • creating and sustaining strategic education partnerships around the world
  • facilitating knowledge exchange and intercultural awareness
  • building relationships which enable UK business to compete globally
  • contributing £12.5 billion per year to the UK economy
  • providing 13 per cent of income to our higher education system

In April 2017, NUS published a report which showed that a majority of students in the UK felt their degrees would suffer if international student numbers dropped. The research aimed to find out what the impact of reduced numbers of international students would be on UK students – a direction we feel many policies are moving towards.

Our research found that 70 per cent of UK students agree that any reduction in international students would impact their cultural experience at university. A quarter of students believe that their course could not run without international students, this shows the reliance many courses in UK universities have on attracting international students. An important finding was that 75 per cent of students agreed that international students should be allowed to work in the UK after graduating.

Therefore, we are asking you to join us in this educational game, to understand the experiences of international students and show your solidarity with us. We need to call on the government and institutions to readdress its approach towards protecting the rights of international students in the UK. I look forward to welcoming you on this journey with me!

Yinbo Yu
NUS International Students’ Officer

If you want a printed cardboard copy of The Great Education Exchange, please fill in the form below and we will send it to you by post.




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