More university students should spend at least some of their degree abroad, according to the British Council.
The Guardian reports fewer than one in every 200 of the UK’s university students spend part of their degree in another European country – almost a third fewer than in France or Germany.
Martin Davidson, chief executive of the British Council, told The Guardian there is a “real risk that the UK’s competitive edge could be eroded by graduates with little experience of other parts of the world”.
He added: “At a time when higher education has become borderless, it seems our students are becoming ever more inward-looking. We now face the contradiction of having world-class universities with networks of international partnerships populated by students whose horizons are limited.”
For students, studying abroad enhances language skills as well as shows an ability to adapt to new situiations and self-confidence – all attractive to employers. However, very few students seek to expand their learning by going abroad.
Last year 0.46 percent of UK undergraduates took part in Erasmus, the pan-Europe programme to assist student exchanges. In France and Germany, 1.31 percent and 1.24 percent of students took part respectively. On average, 0.91 percent of a country’s undergraduates participate in Erasmus.
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