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Greg Clark MP launches Go International website

9 September 2014

The Go International website was launched today to provide higher education institutions with the key information, statistics, research, case studies and opportunities for study and work abroad to assist them in encouraging more UK students to spend time overseas. 

The website also contains information on the benefits of studying, working and volunteering abroad as well as practical advice on sources of funding for students and their parents.  

Traditionally, less than one percent (14,775) of UK students study abroad and almost half of these,(43%) are language students.  International experience is just as important for graduates who want a job in the UK as it is for those who might go on to work abroad. Research from the CBI 2014 Education and Skills Survey[1] reported that 37% of employers were dissatisfied with graduates' international cultural awareness and 51% were dissatisfied with graduates' foreign language skills.

Greg Clark, Minister for Universities, Science & Cities said:

"As part of our International Education Strategy, we are making it easier for students to gain further skills that will make them stand out to employers. By offering free, easy-to-access information, advice and guidance all in one place, this online platform gives students the best chance of turning their overseas ambitions into a reality."

Professor Colin Riordan, Chair of the International Unit, commented:  

"Study or work abroad is life enhancing. You don't need to be a linguist to benefit from a period of time overseas and the case studies on the website demonstrate just how much students gain from their experiences. Through the strategy and the website we are breaking down barriers to mobility and making this enriching cultural experience available to as many students as possible."

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Notes to editors

For more information please contact: Daisy Jones, daisy.jones@international.ac.uk or call 020 7419 5457

The IU developed the UK Strategy for Outward Mobility. The Strategy has the backing from the four nation governments, and was launched in December 2013 in response to the comparatively low numbers of UK students spending time overseas as part of their University education. The Go International website is one of many resources available, as part of the UK Strategy for Outward Mobility, to help support higher education institutions in their drive to increase the proportion of students that go abroad as part of their studies. 

 

[1] CBI 2014 Education and Skills Survey, Pages 70-71

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