Why UK higher education sector must direct its energy to send our students abroad
I was approached to write a blog post on why the UK higher education sector must direct its energy to send our students abroad.
Inward mobility is the great urgent theme of our time. We call it migration and it shapes our politics, changes how we manage our borders, underpins our economies and changes our culture. At the national and institutional levels, we are determined to plan for it, even if our plans may sometimes seem rather extraordinary.
By contrast, outward mobility is not an urgent theme, although it is the reflection of inward mobility and makes an important contribution to international competitiveness. According to the UK Strategy for Outward Mobility, just 6% of university students travel abroad as part of their degree. Comparative figures are hard to come by for other countries, but we know the UK receives twice as many Erasmus students as we send abroad.