The Go International: Stand Out campaign was designed to help the sector deliver on our national target for outward student mobility:
'to double the percentage of UK-domiciled, full-time, first degree, undergraduate students who have an international placement as part of their university programme by 2020.'
Universities UK International (UUKi) convened a series of activities from 2017 to 2020 to support universities in meeting the national target. UUKi encouraged UK universities and
ally organisations, such as sector bodies, associations, businesses and commercial partners, and international partners, such as governments, NGOs, UK-based embassies and universities overseas, to sign up to the campaign charter and to submit a pledge to help boost and broaden UK outward student mobility.
Studying, working or volunteering abroad for even a short period during university study enables future graduates to develop many non-technical skills sought after by employers.
Increasing numbers of UK students are gaining international experience during their higher education but it remains a relatively small proportion of the overall student population.
The Go International: Stand Out campaign supported the delivery of the 2017-2020 UK strategy for outward student mobility to create a new generation of global graduates, and a higher education culture in which international opportunities are an aspiration for all students.
What is the timeline for Go International: Stand Out?
Why do we need a campaign when universities already have study abroad offices?
What is the Go International: Stand Out charter?
What does the UK strategy for outward student mobility 2017-2020 include?
What changes are there in the 2017-2020 strategy from the 2013-2017 strategy?
What is the rationale for the target of doubling outward student mobility to 13% by 2020?
Why is there an additional focus on supporting underrepresented groups in outward student mobility in the strategy?
What progress has been made on the UK strategy for outward student mobility so far?
Go International: Stand Out was a three-year campaign, from 2017-2020. Key milestones include:
Year 1 (2017-18) – Call to action for universities to sign up to the Charter and make a pledge.
Year 2 (2018-19) – Call to action for partner organisations to sign up to the campaign and creation of academic and alumni ambassador networks.
Year 3 (2019-20) – Call to action for employers to sign up to the campaign.
Post-2020, UUKi will continue to work with campaign partners to raise the profile of outward student mobility and leverage support for study abroad.
There is much existing work and commitment within universities to support outward student mobility. This campaign celebrates progress made to date and encourages further action to ensure growth in UK students' participation in outward student mobility. Despite the benefits of outward mobility being well rehearsed, the UK's mobility rate is low compared to its international counterparts. Through working together, we can learn more about what works in different settings, to provide high quality support across the higher education sector.
There are 6 strategic objectives in the strategy:
1. Promote the benefits of study and work abroad.
2. Monitor trends in student mobility.
3. Build capacity in UK higher education to facilitate outward mobility.
4. Share best practice in UK higher education.
5. Provide a collective voice for UK higher education.
6. Influence government for UK higher education.The UK strategy for outward student mobility 2017-2020 is here.