Countering Unpredictability: Preparing Students for an Uncertain Future


In an age of rapid change and global disruption, this session explores the influence of internationalization on the preparation of graduates for employability. It draws on the experiences of three universities in the Universitas 21 [U21] network, namely National University of Singapore, Waseda University, Japan and Hong Kong University. Presenters from these institutions will reflect upon and discuss a variety of strategies which can have a positive impact on graduate readiness for employment. The presentation will draw upon some large scale survey results including a recent study which examined the impact of study abroad programmes on graduates’ employment outcomes, including academic performance at graduation, search duration and salary levels. Differentials such as gender effects in terms of career opportunities, wage or salary patterns will also be noted in the context of exploring how better to prepare graduates for life beyond university. 

The session will explore the potential benefits of leveraging links within a global university network to increase student internationalization including direct student mobility opportunities. It will also look at other possible benefits for internationalizing the student experience such as creating network links to industry, examples of innovative online competitions and benefits to staff of sharing network initiatives and resources.