Staffordshire University signs up to Go International campaign

"We have a number of exciting student placements overseas at companies like CISCO and Airbus Helicopters and in countries including Vietnam and we will actively work to increase the number of international opportunities open to our students."

Staffordshire University Vice Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes

Staffordshire University has pledged its support to a national campaign to increase opportunities for its students to 'Go International'.

The Universities UK International campaign aims to double the number of UK undergraduate students who study, work or volunteer overseas as part of their studies.

Vice Chancellor Professor Liz Barnes signed up to 'Go International: Stand Out' campaign at the University's Get Connected staff conference this week which was themed around Globalisation and Student mobility.

Professor Barnes said: "We have a number of exciting student placements overseas at companies like CISCO and Airbus Helicopters and in countries including Vietnam and we will actively work to increase the number of international opportunities open to our students."

"We also support students to undertake other overseas study activities through our Development Fund which helps students with travel and other expenses. Our broader curriculum focus on internationalisation is a good one and our commitment will help us make further improvements to the overall student experience."

Professor Barnes said it was especially fitting to sign the up to the campaign on the day that the Higher Education Policy Institute launches it report on the costs and benefits of international students by constituency.

She added: "This sends a wider message that student mobility is of significant importance to the Staffordshire economy. A large number of our students are recruited from Staffordshire and ultimately become part of the Staffordshire workforce and so it’s vitally important that they enter the workplace with global perspective and experience to help their employers grow and prosper."

The University's staff received a keynote from Vice-Chancellor of Cardiff University Professor Colin Riordan - a passionate believer believe that international experience can be life changing for students and benefit the wider community.

Currently just 6.6% of students in the UK complete an overseas placement and UUKi aims to double the number to 13% by 2020. The four guiding principles of the campaign charter are to: 

  • Increase the percentage of UK students who study, work or volunteer abroad as part of their higher education programme

  • Promote the value of study, work and volunteering abroad

  • Enhance the accessibility of studying, working and volunteering abroad

  • Improve the collection and reporting of data on study, work and volunteering abroad

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