The world is becoming increasingly connected. Having a global mind is not just an advantage, it’s a requirement. With the advent of the globalised 21st century, an understanding of the many cultures and perspectives throughout the world is essential for all students. A number of institutions overseas have distinguished reputations of excellence. Newcastle University for instance, has been recognised for many years as one of the world leaders in both Medical and Biomedical Education. Through international education, we deliver the same programmes eg content, examinations, quality assurance and professional recognition, here in Malaysia as we do in the UK. Statistics provide concrete evidence on the benefits of an international education such as significantly better employment outcomes and job satisfaction.This is because other than the academic excellence of the programmes offered, UK universities develop a number of other extremely important skills in our graduates including critical thinking, self reflection, and independent study. These abilities are all very important in the global economy that we have today. As such, international education challenges students to approach everything in a critical multifaceted manner. As an international education provider, our institution is filled with expert educators who are dedicated to equipping students with a diverse skill set. By attaining a global education locally, it allows room for more diverse groups of individuals to generate ideas and cultivate creative communication.
International education providers like UK universities are among the best in the world. These prestigious institutions, including University of Reading, consistently perform exceptionally in gloabl rankings. They also have a reputation for world-class research and cutting edge innovation. Additionally, UK higher education degrees and qualifications are recognised by employers and academics worldwide. But it's not just that, an international education lets students immerse themselves in an intense and vibrant learning environment. Students gain the opportunity to develop the skills, knowledge, critical thinking and connections to drive forward their careers. Furthermore, a number of international institutions such as University of Reading will offer students the opportunity to study in main campuses in the UK. This will definitely help them in gaining valuable experience and knowledge that will definitely give them advantage over their peers who studies locally. Moreover, the economic landscape of the world is also evolving rapidly. Students with a global mindset are more preferable and demanded, a global mindset is what candidates need to be successful in a global role in which they will need to be capable of adjusting to different environments and have the ability to work effectively with international colleagues and stakeholders. It’s a must for students these days to equip themselves with global mindset and education to make themselves more valuable and employable.
With an international education, students will not just be prepared for the future, they will prosper in it. The world of work is changing. Based on a 2016 study done by the U.S. Department of Labor, 65% of children entering primary school today will be employed in jobs that do not yet exist. With that in mind, we prepare our students for a new world of work. Institutions such as University of Southampton Malaysia are forward-thinking, we are unafraid of braving new territories in pursuit of education. We realise that much of what is being done is now digitised, so instead of looking back and producing graduates for traditional jobs, we prepare them for a future career. We want them to be successful, fulfilled and entrepreneurial. We don’t just produce skilled professionals but also leaders of tomorrow. Additionally, the greatest aspect of pursuing international education is the opportunity to experience different cultures and develop broad-ranging international perspectives. It prepares students for the effect of globalisation. Employers today are always on the hunt for graduates who have soft skills and global experiences that are invaluable for working in today’s borderless environment. Thus, University of Southampton Malaysia has a unique 2+2 engineering programmes where students spend their first two years in Malaysia and follow it up with another two in the UK campus. From there, they can take advantage of specialist laboratory facilities and a wider-range of higher level course offerings. Our students are constantly encouraged to learn or explore anything they want to, develop their passions and perhaps engineer world-changing ideas.
Heriot-Watt University uses its global footprint (with campuses in Edinburgh, Dubai and Malaysia) to benefit its students with global learning opportunities and cross-campus networking and experiences. This is done through its Go Global programme that seamlessly transfers students from their home campus to other campuses for a semester or more. Annually, an average of 120 students from Malaysia transfer to the UK, while 100 UK students transfer to Malaysia. This creates a highly diverse learning environment and prepares students for global work opportunities.