The University of East London's Mental Wealth case study, ‘International Students as Future Professionals’, provides a sector-leading example of how universities can support international graduate employability.
This case study is one of 14 featured in Supporting International Graduate Employability: Making Good on the Promise, a report from Universities UK International, in conjunction with AGCAS, UKCISA and Coventry University, that was launched on 28 January.
Paul Marshall, pro-vice-chancellor (careers & enterprise), who spoke at the conference marking the launch of the report, said, ‘With fierce competition for international students, employability is a critical consideration for international students making decisions about where to study.
‘The number one recommendation emerging from this valuable report was that universities need to develop a strategic institutional approach to supporting the employability of international students and graduates, with ownership at a senior level and supported by clear objectives and KPIs. Our introduction of the Professional Fitness & Mental Wealth programme was held up as a sector-leading response to this need.’
International students are vital to the UK higher education sector and make up 14% of the University's student body. The opportunity to study alongside international students gives UK-domiciled students a global network, increases awareness of cultural sensitivities and better prepares them for working in a global environment. The economic output generated for the UK through spending by international students and their visitors is estimated at £25.8bn.
The report outlines current good practice within careers and employability services, within institutions and across the whole UK higher education sector, and recommends where further improvement and support are required to deliver future benefits and shape the policy agenda.