Chance for More Students to Extend Horizons; Horizon 2020, the European Union's Next Innovation Fund, Could Aid Welsh Researchers but Our Universities Are Already Making Waves. Our New Series, Wales in Europe, Considers the Contribution of Welsh Higher Education Abroad. in Part Three, Huw Morris, Academic Registrar at Swansea University, Considers the Wealth of Opportunities Available to Welsh Students Overseas

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Chance for More Students to Extend Horizons; Horizon 2020, the European Union's Next Innovation Fund, Could Aid Welsh Researchers but Our Universities Are Already Making Waves. Our New Series, Wales in Europe, Considers the Contribution of Welsh Higher Education Abroad. in Part Three, Huw Morris, Academic Registrar at Swansea University, Considers the Wealth of Opportunities Available to Welsh Students Overseas


IN July 2013, the European Commission published a communication entitled "European Higher Education in the World".

The paper, which spells outs the key priorities for higher education institutions and member states, aims to assist universities in preparing their comprehensive international strategies and encourages greater opportunities for staff and students to gain international experiences, through "mobility" placements.

This short article highlights how Welsh universities are influencing policy developments in the UK and Europe and also encouraging Welsh students to benefit from initiatives at Welsh universities aimed at developing and strengthening the skill base for graduates.

As the EU aims to become a "smart, sustainable and inclusive economy which generates growth and prosperity", the European Commission recognises that students need to be trained as "global graduates" in preparation for the global employment marketplace.

Evidence suggests that "mobility" experiences undertaken during degree courses better prepare students not only for their academic studies but also for securing employment in the international marketplace.

Exposure to international experiences offers a global perspective and culturally diverse outlook. It is, therefore, incumbent on Welsh universities to ensure that their graduates can compete for employment overseas and for graduate employment opportunities in Wales and the UK, against competition from internationally mobile students.

The Riordan Report, published in 2012, arose from a national joint steering group on "outward student mobility" and noted the low participation rates in the outward mobility of UK students. This led in April 2013, to the establishment of the UK Outward Mobility Unit, chaired by Professor Colin Riordan, the vice-chancellor of Cardiff University. It published a consultation document on the different ways of promoting opportunities for students to benefit from their international experiences.

An Outward Mobility Strategy for the UK is currently under development by Universities UK. The proposed strategy will present options for UK universities to adopt different approaches to the inclusion of international elements within their degree programmes, in addition to the traditional year-out model.

Despite attracting large numbers of international exchange students to the UK, the number of UK students going abroad is significantly less, indicating that there is still considerable work to be done to encourage students to undertake international mobility placements as a part of their degree.

The Bologna reforms and the Erasmus Mundus programmes: Since the early 1990s, universities throughout Europe have worked collectively to develop policies aimed at introducing consistencies between the different higher education systems of the member states.

Through what is called the "Bologna process", universities throughout Europe have been encouraged to work within common frameworks and to adopt a common approach to degree structures. Much of the work has been co-ordinated by the European Universities' Association (EUA), which represents the views of universities throughout Europe.

In 2010, a European Higher Education Area (EHEA) was created, in which student and staff movement was encouraged. Joint degrees have been developed between universities and greater recognition of study has been achieved by allowing students to transfer credits and awards from one country to another.

The Bologna process has led to greater cross-border collaboration, the most significant of which has been the development of degrees offered by more than one university from different countries.

These "joint degrees" are proving extremely attractive for students from all over the world who recognise that they will better prepare them for a global employment marketplace through their enhanced experience, knowledge and language skills. …

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