October 2016 – World University Rankings
As students begin to settle into the new term and begin to think more about their future, the period between October and December sees an increase in traffic to the site. This year we expect enquiries to be dominated by the uncertainty which Brexit places on study abroad options.
The message continues to be that the vote to leave has changed very little in the short-term, but long term contingency plans need to be made. Hopefully the information below will help you to continue to promote options abroad as a realistic and useful option when young people are considering future plans.
The Venture Team
New University Rankings Make Interesting Reading
Last month saw the Times Higher Education World University Rankings released and there was some noticeable movement within the list. For the first time the University of Oxford was ranked number one, replacing the Californian Institute of Technology. However it was not all bad news for the USA as 75% of the top 20 was made up of American institutions.
Whilst English-speaking universities dominated the upper echelons of the list, there were some significant changes amongst European universities.
For the first time all 13 Dutch research universities made the top 200, whilst Germany had 41 institutions in the list, including 9 in the top 100. The top ranked continental university was ETH Zurich which came 9th. However elsewhere universities in France, Italy and Spain, as well as several across Eastern Europe slipped down the rankings.
Interestingly this mixed picture from across Europe has some parallels to our research on English-language degrees taught abroad. Whilst courses in English (designed often for international as much as domestic students) are reasonably easy to find at Dutch and German universities, there are very few at leading institutions in France and Italy.
Another key trend in this year’s list is the continuing rise of Asian universities, with institutions in China, Hong Kong and Singapore performing particularly well.
In recent years the growth in UK students studying abroad has been focussed on European institutions, mainly because of the cheaper course fees and ease of travel. However, as Brexit threatens many of these benefits, it might be that Asia becomes a viable and attractive option for students looking to study at a top university abroad.
Do not forget that Venture has impartial information and advice on 100s of universities across the world in the country guides section of the website.
Impact of Brexit on Study Abroad Remains Unclear
As the countdown to the UK government triggering formal negotiations on Brexit begins, the true impact of the UK’s decision to leave the EU on British students wanting to study abroad remains unclear.
For those thinking of studying for their whole degree abroad, their ability to access higher education in Europe is linked to the free movement of people, a controversial topic which looks set to be at the centre of Brexit negotiations. Similarly the future of the UK’s participation in the Erasmus+ scheme (which allows students to spend a year abroad as part of a British degree) has not been fully addressed by the Government.
We understand that it can be difficult to fully keep abreast of the different Brexit developments. Therefore, our colleagues at Euroguidance UK have begun to produce monthly briefings specifically for the education and careers sectors.
These papers look to summarise the month’s developments, whilst also setting out their potential impact on the work of teachers, careers advisors and other professionals within the sector.
The first of these briefings was published in September and subsequent updates will be circulated by email at the end of every month – look out for October’s update in your inbox in the next few weeks.
Stand Out in a Global Market
9th November – Llandudno
17th November – Leeds
There is still time to register to attend this year’s Stand Out in a Global Market events!
These free one day conferences are aimed at 16-18 year olds from any academic discipline who are interested in study, work or volunteer opportunities abroad. The day combines presentations, interactive workshops and an exhibition, with gap year organisations, universities etc. on hand to answer any queries.
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to register your institution
Other Dates for Your Diary
As well as Stand Out in a Global Market, we will be attending the following events before Christmas (as aspire-international):
10th November – Educated Yorkshire, Centenary Pavilion, Leeds
9-10th December – Skills London, ExCel London
We will be on hand to discuss any issues related to international mobility – in particular how we might be able to help you and your students still make the most of global opportunities in post-Brexit Britain – so please stop by our stand and say hello.