In a recent survey world-wide, students have unequivocally pointed their preference for ‘employability’ as a major factor for their higher education.
Students consider the chance for new career opportunities or for advancement in their current career path – as their primary motivation for study abroad.
Additionally, ‘soft skills’ such as Communication skills, adaptability and Networking opportunities between their alma mater and employers are some of the other factors that student increasingly look forward to get benefitted, because of their higher education abroad.
Eden Woon, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology’s vice-president for institutional advancement, offers an interesting insight on the relationship between university study and employability: “We are very firm in the belief that the university is not a vocational training institute. So the purpose of the university is not just to prepare you for jobs. The purpose of the university is really to give students a skill so that they can go and find a job but, more importantly, it is really to prepare students for what happens after they get a job. In other words, whether they can adapt to the job and adapt to changes that the world requires of them. That is where innovation, creativity and attitude come in.”
Which are the top universities in the world that have excellent employability rankings? Here they are:
1. Stanford University – United States
2. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) – United States
3. Tsinghua University – china
4. University of Sydney – Australia
5. University of Cambridge – United Kingdom
6. Ecole Polytechnique ParisTech – France
7. Columbia University – United States
8. University of Oxford – United Kingdom
9. University of California, Berkeley(UCB) – United States
10. Princeton University – United States
You will notice that FIVE out of 10 universities are in USA. When are you planning to join any one of them?
Funding sources for study abroad –
Many students want to study abroad not only for the sake of employment but also with the intention of standing on their own legs, i.e. by looking to fund education on their own. What are the opportunities available to be self-sufficient to study abroad?
One attractive source of funding is ‘Scholarships’ given by universities and various trusts for meritorious students. Scholarships are a ‘grant’ that does not come with any restrictions about working or commitment. If a student has excellent academic background, top-of-the-line test scores and admission, a scholarship could be granted as a fixed sum, covering the cost of education, living and other requirements. Of course, there could be smaller scholarships too. As the name implies, scholarship is meant to honour the scholar for his achievements and to encourage him/her to do better and contribute his mite to the society.
Assistantships are another source of funding for international students. These could be in the form of Teaching, Research or Administrative. Teaching Assistants and Research Assistants are selected by Professors in order to assist them with their respective requirements. Teaching Assistants are expected to grade the Answer sheets, teach undergrad students and help with laboratory and class-room related tasks. Research Assistants help the professor to continue and expand his research and generally help with whatever is assigned by the guide/Professor. Administrative Assistants work in the department in various roles, such as a Web Master, Clerk, Content developer etc. All these assistantships are usually paid in many forms. Some are given a complete remission from tuition payment plus a stipend to cover their living costs. Some are given a partial tuition waiver.
Finally, ‘tuition waivers’ are offered directly to some international students based on their overall application strength. Some are offered 90% waiver, some 75% and some more 50% etc. For example, University of Cincinnati offered 90% tuition waiver to their successful and meritorious CS department students at the Master’s level. Some universities also offer a fixed sum of ‘x’ dollars per semester and will extend the offer if the student maintains a consistent performance every semester.
Be careful of a trick however, that some universities throw a ‘bait’ of a small tuition waiver to almost all successful applicants, in order to ‘grab’ their dollars. These universities want international students to join them, so they could get tuition payment which is three times more than the domestic students. The more number of ‘international students’, the merrier for them! So, don’t fall prey to offers of funding irrespective of academic merit. In case of doubt, contact Manhattan Review (MR) about such universities and offers. We will be pleased to help you choose the right university to study abroad.
Grab the ‘festive’ offer –
MR has launched a great package to students who have average academics, low scores and many backlogs/repeats. We offer you unparalleled package, with which you can get into US universities that are perfect for their profile and requirements. Most importantly, students get this at a very low cost than our regular packages. What is stopping you from grabbing this offer during the ‘Festival of Joy and Peace – Christmas’ time? Talk to our counselors who will be too happy to give you more details and make a very big change in your academic life & destiny.
On a parting note –
Our hearty condolences to the people of Tamil Nadu and all the admirers of Ms. J. Jayalalitha, who passed away after reigning over the State like a Colossus. It’s not easy to find another LEADER like her.
Wish you all a fantastic future!