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International graduate employability is moving up the agenda. Global competitors such as New Zealand and Australia have made it central to their internationalisation efforts, and it is a key strand of the UK government’s new international education strategy. The employability outcomes of our graduates are increasingly essential for the competitive advantage of the UK’s higher education sector. Now we have the post study work visa we have argued for for so long, how do we make sure that universities have the support in place to help our international graduates secure good jobs, in the UK, in their home countries, or elsewhere?
While the post study work visa will help the UK compete, supporting international graduate employability is the next competitive frontier. There is a clear imperative to place international graduate employability front and centre of our international strategies in a constantly shifting environment. Technology and globalisation are radically changing the skills needs of the future workplace.
This conference will pull together expertise from the UK and around the world to help participants learn from their counterparts and competitors. It will be underpinned by case studies drawn from new research by UUKi and AGCAS to answer the question: how can we prepare our international graduates for global success?
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Brett Berquist, Director International, University of Auckland
The UK higher education sector has long wished for a graduate visa offer as attractive as some of our overseas competitors. But how successful have other study destinations been in maximising their graduate visa offers to make good on the promise of employability for their international students? And now that a two-year graduate visa route has been announced in the UK, what can we learn from the experiences of colleagues overseas to ensure that we deliver for our international students and see sustainable growth in recruitment? Brett Berquist, International Director at the University of Auckland and member of the International Education Association of Australia's Research Committee, will give us an insight into the successes and challenges of some of our competitor countries.
The Association of Graduate Careers Advisory Services, on behalf of UUKi, UKCISA and the University of Coventry, has conducted an extensive study into best practice in international graduate careers support in the UK. The results of the study will be launched in this session, along with a set of ambitious recommendations for the sector which aim to ensure the UK maintains and advances its position as a world leader in international graduate employability.