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International students who want a good job choose Alliance universities like DMU, report shows


PRAISE: The report emphasizes employability

New research shows that Alliance universities such as De Montfort University (DMU) are the destination of choice for international students whose priority is getting a good job.

 A study has found that 87% of international students studying at Alliance universities are studying because they want to get a good job. This is compared to an average of 83%, at UK Universities overall, and in higher education globally. 

The University Alliance – of which DMU is a member - is a group of the most innovative and enterprising universities in the UK – major institutions combining science and technology with a focus on delivering for the professions, business and the community.

A new report, Growing Global Graduates, brings together 24 best-practice examples from Alliance universities which demonstrate why they are so effective at equipping students for long-term employability and why students are choosing to study at them.

The report highlights DMU’s pioneering internal placement scheme – Frontrunners - which gives students the opportunity to put what they learn on their academic course into practice in the workplace through paid placements working for the university.

Helen Whitehead, Head of DMU's International Office said: said: “DMU's Frontrunners programme offers 400 paid placements to students every year, building up valuable experience in their chosen field. DMU has risen through graduate employability tables two years running, and we are in the top third of universities for "adding value" to students' studies. Some 88% of our recent graduates are in full-time employment or in further study.

“The findings of the Growing Global Graduates report show that the UK is still the destination of choice for international students that are highly motivated and career focused, and that we are meeting their high expectations with our employability support and opportunities.”

Libby Hackett, Chief Executive of University Alliance, said: “Graduate careers are under the spotlight like never before. Students want to ensure their degree and time at university will help set them up for a rewarding and fulfilling career in a rapidly changing world.

“Students recognise the value of higher education in improving their employability and the data suggest that Alliance universities attract students particularly focused on their future careers.”

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Posted on Monday 18th March 2013

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