Providing your essential education and university news. This week; the benefits of study abroad, Stanford tops Education tables and Oxbridge deadlines loom for 2018 hopefuls.
Short-Term Study Abroad Polishing Employable Skills
International students consider overseas study a significant contributor to the development of their soft and hard skills; short courses in particular have been noted as more effective than longer term study in the development of teamwork skills.
The research, Gaining an Employment Edge, polled U.S. alumni who had studied overseas between 1990 and 2017 to determine how study abroad had contributed to the development of 15 soft and hard skills. These skills were based on those found to be most desired by companies in previous studies.
In all, 14 of the 15 skills were found to improve as a result of studying abroad – the only skill unaffected was technical or software skills. With regards to teamwork skills, 30 per cent of respondents considered the experience a “significant” impact on their development while a greater percentage of short-course students (8 weeks or less) responded positively when compared to those studying for a longer period.
This trend is believed to be partially due to the more real-world, experiential nature of shorter courses and their condensed interaction with fellow students; contrasted with the increased class-room and independent study time of longer courses. However, that is not to say longer courses are without their own merits – as co-author of the study, Christine Farrugia, states; “what this study finds is there are distinct values to each kind of experience”.
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Stanford Tops Times World University Rankings For Education
The latest subject rankings from Times Higher Education place California’s Stanford University at #1 for Education and #2 for Law. This update also sees Cambridge place just ahead of Oxford in Law, seizing their position as the UK’s top institute for the subject.
New data has also been released for Social Sciences along with Business and Economics. While Oxford continue to top Business and Economics, closely followed by Cambridge, this year marks the first time a UK institute has placed first for Social Sciences. Oxford overtakes Stanford by a considerable margin following improvements in their teaching performance.
Also of note is the first placement of an Asian university in a THE World University Rankings table top five position. The University of Hong Kong secures fourth in Education, primarily as a result of it’s exceptional research score, while other Asian institutions also score well in the subject. Peter Mathieson, president of the University of Hong Kong, puts this down to Education and Law’s “ability to span the demands of being internationally recognised while maintaining local and regional significance”.
2018 UCAS Applications for Oxford and Cambridge close on Sunday 15th
Only a month after the open of UCAS applications for 2018 study, Oxford and Cambridge hopefuls are confronted by this Sunday’s impending deadline. Along with courses in Medicine, Vetinary Medicine/Science and Dentistry, prospective students are expected to submit their application by the 15th in order to allow for the in-depth selection process these institutes employ.
For those unware, UCAS (Universities and Colleges Admissions Service) is the UK’s centralised service for students seeking to apply for further education. They provide an online portal allowing students to submit and manage their application to the various UK universities; playing matchmaker for both students and university. Despite the early Oxbridge deadline, students are free to expand their application to other universities until the national deadline of January 15th 2018.
Being a fundamental part of the UK’s university application process, a solid understanding of the service is required. UCAS provide a huge range of articles on-site to assist in this and guide students through each step in their application – including the daunting and potentially unfamiliar prospect of a personal statement. Prospective students should ensure they familiarise themselves with these resources and speak to guidance counsellors for any particularly tricky questions.