University backs Go International: Stand Out campaign

University backs Go International: Stand Out campaign

Issued: Mon, 06 Nov 2017 14:36:00 GMT

‌‌The University has endorsed the Go International: Stand Out campaign which was launched last week by Universities UK International and is being supported by Universities Minister Jo Johnson.

The three-year campaign is aimed at increasing the number of UK-domiciled undergraduate students who study, work or volunteer overseas for two or more weeks during their studies.

Currently, just 6.6% of UK students complete placements abroad, despite strong evidence that mobility can increase students’ academic achievements and job prospects. In April 2017, UUKi launched the national strategy for outward student mobility to double this figure to 13% by 2020. Via this latest Stand Out campaign, UUKi aims to galvanise the higher education sector to act collectively to achieve this vision.

James MurdochProfessor Jim Murdoch, International Dean of Mobility, said: “Figures reported last session by Schools indicated that now 16.5% of all undergraduate students achieve an ‘international experience’ while at Glasgow. While we are seeing real increases in outward mobility annually, and while we are well above the UK average, there is still some way to go in some subject areas. We are likely to achieve the University’s ‘key performance indicator’ of 20% undergraduate mobility well before 2020, and committing ourselves to the ‘Go International’ campaign indicates Glasgow’s willingness to ensure that all students have the opportunity to take part in outward mobility at one or more stages in their studies.”

He added: “We already have some outstanding success stories in our Study Abroad portfolio. Some 70 Glasgow students have taken part in Radboud’s summer schools on a no-cost basis over the past two years. In August, Brandenburg police academy offered our students a bespoke study programme. Our partnership with Mainz University is one of our oldest, and we are actively developing new internship opportunities and summer school courses that will see upwards of 60 new mobility places available this coming summer. Further, the successful piloting of the ‘GlasGOw Global Award’ in the College of Social Sciences has encouraged the College of Arts to offer this recognition of a student’s ‘global awareness’. Other partners are working with us to strengthen our reciprocal international links.”

When compared to students who don’t complete a placement, students who go abroad are 9% more likely to gain a 1st or 2:1 degree and 24% less likely to be unemployed. Those in work six months on from graduation are 9% more likely to be in a “graduate” job earning, on average, a 5% wage premium, according to UUKi’s report “Gone International: Mobility Works”.