Students develop sought-after skills
Firstly, there are language skills. As we mentioned earlier, many programmes are taught partly or entirely in English. Optional or mandatory courses in the domestic language are common, too. That means students may have perfected their English language skills and learned another super-employable language (Mandarin, Japanese, Hindi, Urdu, Arabic and Korean are often cited as amongst the most employable languages to know!).
Then there’s the unique perspective they’ll develop by studying at these innovative centres of excellence. Employers the world over are looking for the flexible thinking, creativity, innovation and problem-solving skills that so much Asian higher education emphasises.
And that’s without mentioning the global mindset which is so vital in today’s world of work. In fact, global competence is becoming one of employers’ most sought-after skills.
According to the OECD’s Global Competence Framework:
“Global Competence is a multi-dimensional construct that requires a combination of knowledge, skills, attitudes and values successfully applied to global issues or intercultural situations.”
In light of this, it’s a good idea to study abroad generally. In fact, a large-scale employer survey by QS found that international experience is one of the top 5 priorities when recruiting employees.
And studying in Asia, where internationalisation is happening rapidly and with huge effects, is a sure-fire way to cultivate global competence by the bucket-load.
After all, Asia is home to half the top 20 institutions with the most international outlook according to the Times Higher Education World University Rankings!
It can also be especially beneficial to study in a country whose culture differs significantly from students’ own. It shows adaptability, flexibility and open-mindedness. All of these are highly valued!