British Council tempts students to experience Eastern ways

June 13, 2013

The British Council is to offer more scholarships for UK students to study in China amid concern from businesses that graduates lack the experience to work with the rising economic giant.

The council’s Generation UK campaign aims for at least 15,000 UK students to study or gain work experience in China by 2016.

In 2011, about 3,500 studied in the country, a figure Generation UK aims to increase by at least a third by September 2016.

The council said that it would boost the “amount and variety” of available academic scholarships as well as offering two-month funded internships across China for UK students.

University careers advisers were taken to China in March to help them to better understand job opportunities available in the country, the council said.

Martin Davidson, the council’s chief executive, said that business leaders had told the organisation “many times” that they “fear for the UK in a global economy if our young people do not gain international experience and skills”.

“This campaign is designed to provide that. Currently the UK lags far behind other nations in terms of young people’s outward mobility,” he warned.

This is not the first time concerns have been raised that UK students are failing to pick up experience overseas during their time at university.

In March 2012 a report, Recommendations to Support UK Outward Student Mobility, by the UK Higher Education International Unit recommended the creation of a national strategy to encourage student mobility, noting that the UK ranked 25th in the world in terms of the number of students studying abroad.

During five upcoming workshop sessions in London, Cardiff, Manchester, Edinburgh and Belfast, the council will explain to university staff how institutions can participate in the campaign.

In the autumn, the British Council will also stage a roadshow targeted at students.

david.matthews@tsleducation.com

You've reached your article limit.

Register to continue

Registration is free and only takes a moment. Once registered you can read a total of 3 articles each month, plus:

  • Sign up for the editor's highlights
  • Receive World University Rankings news first
  • Get job alerts, shortlist jobs and save job searches
  • Participate in reader discussions and post comments
Register

Have your say

Log in or register to post comments

Featured Jobs

Most Commented

men in office with feet on desk. Vintage

Three-quarters of respondents are dissatisfied with the people running their institutions

A face made of numbers looks over a university campus

From personalising tuition to performance management, the use of data is increasingly driving how institutions operate

students use laptops

Researchers say students who use computers score half a grade lower than those who write notes

Canal houses, Amsterdam, Netherlands

All three of England’s for-profit universities owned in Netherlands

As the country succeeds in attracting even more students from overseas, a mixture of demographics, ‘soft power’ concerns and local politics help explain its policy