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Challenges and opportunities for increasing outward student mobility

Venue: London
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Event Date: 23/06/2015 09:00 - 13:00

The Westminster Higher Education Forum are hosting the seminar 'Challenges and opportunities for increasing outward student mobility' in London on 23 June 2015.

As the final stages of the UK Strategy for Outward Mobility are implemented, delegates at this seminar will consider the progress of the strategy so far, along with the future priorities and funding options following the end of the programme in 2016. The seminar also comes a year into the new Erasmus+ programme and will evaluate its performance as well as the key priorities that should be addressed for the next five years.

The focus:

  • Next steps for policy, and Higher Education sector practice, to increase the number of UK students spending part of their course studying overseas. 
  • The future of the UK Strategy for Outward Mobility as it reaches its concluding stages of implementation and its impact so far; and 
  • Evaluating the first year of the new and extended Erasmus+ programme, with a particular focus on UK students’ engagement with the programme. 

Discussion is expected on how to overcome barriers to outward mobility, including a lack of modern foreign language skills.

Includes keynote contributions from:

  • Dr Stephen Jackson, Associate Director International, QAA
  • Brian Johnson, Head of International Higher Education, Department for Business, Innovation and Skills
  • Anne Marie Graham, Head of Programme, Outward Student Mobility, UK HE International Unit
  • Rebecca Hughes, Director of International Higher Education, British Council

Key discussion points: 

  • Priorities moving forward and options for funding following the end of the UK strategy for Outward Mobility in 2016
  • The future for Erasmus+ and what can be done to boost UK students’ engagement with the programme over the next five years including what can be learnt from nations, elsewhere in the EU, with higher rates of participation
  • Best practice in building ties with universities across Europe and beyond to develop outward mobility opportunities
  • Addressing barriers to outward mobility - including finance, languages and student support
  • Changing perceptions of studying abroad and raising awareness of its benefits - student experience, employability and broadening horizons
  • Addressing concerns around quality and accreditation

Visit the Westminster Higher Education Forum website for more information and to book your place.  The event is CPD certified.

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