Oxford Brookes University joins the Go International: Stand Out Campaign

Wednesday, 08 November 2017

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Oxford Brookes has signed up to the Go International: Stand Out Campaign which aims to increase the percentage of UK-domiciled students who study, work or volunteer abroad during their degrees.

Currently just 6.6% of students complete a placement of this kind. This is despite evidence that outward student mobility can improve both academic and employability outcomes.

In April this year, Universities UK International (UUKi) launched the national strategy for outward student mobility to double this figure to 13% by 2020. Through this campaign, UUKi aims to galvanise the higher education sector to act collectively to achieve this vision.  

In the 2016/17 academic year, a total of 155 Oxford Brookes students went abroad during their period of study. These figures include semester and year-long as well as work placement students.    

Our commitment to this pledge reflects the University’s ongoing efforts to improving the student experience through offering various options of mobility, which in turn have huge benefits for students and their future.

Ahmed Masoud, Head of International Partnership Development, Oxford Brookes University

The University’s pledge to increase the number of outgoing student mobility will focus on two main issues:

  1. Setting up mobility targets which reflect the demographics of our students with particular emphasis on increasing the number of participating students from under-represented groups.
  2. Improving the student experience throughout the application process through implementing a new mobility online system. 

Oxford Brookes’ International Exchanges Team is working on putting together a strategy to implement the above two objectives with work on the online system already underway.

Ahmed Masoud, Head of International Partnership Development at Oxford Brookes University said: "Our commitment to this pledge reflects the University’s ongoing efforts to improving the student experience through offering various options of mobility, which in turn have huge benefits for students and their future." 

The campaign has been endorsed Minister of State for Universities and Science, Jo Johnson MP, who said: “We know that students who have experience of studying, working and volunteering abroad have better educational and employment outcomes. Employers value the skills that students develop through these placements, including language skills and cultural awareness. At the same time universities can build partnerships with other institutions around the world, facilitating the exchange of research and teaching.

"That's why we're working with the higher education sector to promote outward mobility and the benefits it brings young people, especially those from disadvantaged backgrounds.”

Over 55 universities have already signed up. For more information about the campaign visit the UUK website.

For more information about studying aboard and exchange opportunities at Oxford Brookes University, visit the International webpages.