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Universities need to work harder to turn UK students into global graduates

There is a globally mobile, graduate workforce and leading employers seek to recruit the very best global graduates.

The report “Global Graduates into Global Leaders” by the Council for Industry and Higher Education (CIHE) has identified from leading employers the global competencies which they look for in potential recruits. It is suggested that individuals who are comfortable working in global teams, who take an active interest in the world around them, who have thought about the global challenges and opportunities facing business and are eager to respond to them would catch recruiters’ eyes.

To develop the best global leaders it is crucial that higher education institutions create the right environments and opportunities for young people to develop global competencies and mindset. Institutions should seek to provide a solid grounding for students by actively encouraging students to broaden their horizons and providing transnational programmes or opportunities for extra-curricular pursuits.

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