The wide-reaching benefits of a global education have been seen for many years: countries attracting bright international students to their schools and universities to gain qualifications and experiences, in turn developing the social and cultural skills, and networking opportunities of both international and domestic students.
With demand from employers for graduates who 'stand out', many countries are now looking to not only attract international students but to actively encourage their domestic students to study abroad.
The UK report 'Gone International: mobility works' found a correlation between outward mobility (studying abroad) and improved academic and employment outcomes: “Graduates who were mobile during their degree were less likely to be unemployed (3.7% compared to 4.9%), and more likely to have earned a first class or upper second class degree (80.1% compared to 73.6%) and be in further study (15% compared to 14%). Those in work were more likely to be in a graduate-level job (76.4% compared to 69.9%) and [on average earned] 5% more than their non-mobile peers”.
The British Academy’s 'Born Global' report also found that 70% of the 410 small and medium sized enterprises surveyed believe that "future executives will need foreign language skills and international experiences”. Similarly, the Association of Graduate Recruiters found that employers place the most importance on the “ability to work collaboratively with teams of people from a range of backgrounds and countries”.
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