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IN 2011, the British Council commissioned Ipsos Public Affairs to do an online survey of 411 employers in the United States and 436 in Canada on their perceptions of UK degrees. According to the survey, soft skills—such as communication, self-motivation, teamwork, time management, and creativity—matter most to employers in their evaluations of potential employees. For both the undergraduate and graduate levels, employers are looking for degrees that are relevant to the industry in question, specialized in the relevant subject areas, that foster critical thinking and writing skills, and that give professional/industry experience. A vast majority of the employers (73 percent) in the United States consider degrees earned in the UK to be the same as or better than those earned in the United States. According to the survey, employers look for candidates who are well-rounded, with a relevant degree from a reputable university or program, and they

The Value of a UK Degree
perceive these things to be generally characteristic of Americans who have studied at British universities. The employers also cited skills such as an “international perspective” and “crosscultural understanding” as some of the benefits of earning a degree in the UK. “The skills employers are looking for have changed. They are looking not only for the technical skills, but also things like intercultural navigation skills, team work, independent learning, innovation, and problem solving. These come out very strongly from students who have demonstrated they were able to study somewhere else,” says Richard Everitt, deputy director of the British Council USA. However, while most employers are favorable toward degrees earned in the UK, they are not fully knowledgeable about them. They are most familiar with the top British universities, Oxford, and Cambridge, which cast a “halo effect” on the rest of the country. If an employer has never heard of a university, they are most likely

to go the university’s Web site for more information about where that university ranks against U.S. institutions. Students seeking to help an employer better understand their degree should provide details about the classes they have taken, as well as provide employers with a link to the university’s Web site along with a link to or evidence of a professional accreditation body’s assessment of their program/university. To prepare students to explain their degrees, universities should help students understand the benefits of providing employers with relevant information about their institution and degree programs. One of the recommendations for British universities was also to create an employer’s page on their Web sites to show the industry links, their ranking equivalents, and as well as professional and internship information.
SOURCE: BRITISH COUNCIL, 2011.

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ity and the availability of a research-based master’s program were major deciding factors for her. After graduating from Cornell, she knew she wanted to pursue graduate school but didn’t want to commit to a five-year PhD before she did a shorter master’s program to explore her interest of ecological research. Although she was accepted to Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies, she ended up enrolling at UBC—largely due to the financial aid package she was offered. “Despite receiving a scholarship (from Yale), I would have had to pay more than $10,000 in tuition, in addition to living expenses, whereas at UBC I was offered $18,000 per year in compensation to pay living expenses, and tuition was only $4,000 per year. Both programs were of great interest to me, but at that time I just couldn’t justify going into so much debt to attend a U.S. school when the offer from Canada was so good,” she says.

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Education Down Under
IIE ranks Australia as the fifth most popular country of choice for Americans seeking degrees abroad. According to Australian Education International, 1,016 Americans pursued degrees at the bachelor’s level, 1061 at the master’s level, and 334 at the doctoral level in 2010. Two of the top institu-

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International Educator - March/April 2012
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From the Editors
In Brief
Voices: University at Buffalo President Satish K. Tripathi
Overcoming Chaos
Degrees of Distinction
Macalester College
Foreign Student Affairs
A View from Out Here
In Focus
Language Supplement
The language of Business
Launching Pad: Community College Programs
Intensive English Language Directory
Intensive Foreign Language Directory
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