New global research commissioned by Kaplan, one of the world’s largest and most diverse education providers, and conducted by The Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) shows that international experience in higher education is an important factor improving the chances of finding a job and succeeding in an increasingly global workforce.
The research, which is based on a survey conducted by the (EIU) among recent graduates from Australia, Brazil, China, France, Germany, Italy, Singapore, the UK and the US, also shows that few students recognize the value of overseas experience before graduation. Many turn down opportunities to gain a more global perspective offered by their educators. Graduates say international work experience would have been helpful, but note it was not frequently offered. In addition, the study found that international preparedness is highly promoted in some countries, but less so in others.
The key findings of the survey are as follows:
- Graduates believe that institutions of higher education have a responsibility to prepare them for today’s global economy and workforce
- Most students have access to international experiences during their studies, but only a minority take advantage of them
- Many students do not realize the importance of international exposure until after graduation, when its full value becomes clearer
- International experience in higher education is seen as improving the chances of finding a job
More information on the report can be accessed here.
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