Study In UK: New target aims for 13.2 percent of students to undertake international placements by 2020
The new target forms the second phase of the organization’s UK Strategy for Outward Mobility, which since 2013 has aimed to increase the share of students who have an international experience.
Just 6.6 percent of full-time undergraduates in the UK undertook international placements during their degree in 2014. The campaign seeks to increase this figure to 13.2 percent by 2020 in order to “create a new generation of global graduates and a higher education culture in which international opportunities are an aspiration for all students.
Head of outward mobilities programmes at UUKi, said that while the UK has seen visible growth in outward student mobility, progress has been “slow” and UK students “still have low levels of involvement in study abroad compared [with their] counterparts overseas”.
The US-based Institute for International Education launched its Generation Study Abroad programme in 2014, which aims to more than double the number of US students studying abroad to 600,000 per year by the end of the decade. The latest available data show that this figure reached 313,415 in 2014-15, a 2.9 per cent rise since the previous year.
Germany also has a goal for half its student body to spend time abroad by 2020.
One priority for the UK campaign will be to increase mobility for disadvantaged students, who are currently under-represented in this regard.
UUKi’s Gone International: Mobility Works report, published in March, found that the potential benefits of outward mobility can be greater for disadvantaged students than for other types of students.
On average, graduates from more disadvantaged backgrounds who were mobile during their degree earned 6.1 percent more than their peers six months after graduation, while mobile black graduates were 70 percent less likely to be unemployed than their non-mobile peers.
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