Sam Gyimah, UK Universities Minister, is in full support of Universities UK International’s Campaign of doubling the number of British students studying in foreign countries. UUKi’s campaign is to increase the percentage of local students going abroad to study, work, or volunteer from 6.6 percent to 13.2 percent by 2020. The United Kingdom government wants to expand the student strength that goes to foreign countries for studying during their university years. Gyimah recently attended a UK parliamentary event in London, England for the Go International: Stand Out campaign to make sure that students have the best opportunity to go study abroad despite their socioeconomic and cultural background.
At the event, he gave a heartwarming and motivational speech. Gyimah said that he thanks UUKi for helping students experience a different and unique culture and broadening their horizons at the very same time. He will continue to support the program as it progresses towards success. He also announced that UUKi has been working closely with Department for Education to brainstorm and develop methods for the British government for implementation of student mobility program. The UK government is also engaging and encouraging a lot of research, all of which suggest studying, volunteering, or working abroad provide valuable benefits to students. It also improves their future employability, grades, and sense of self.
Students from the disadvantaged background
Gyimah said that students who come from a disadvantaged background will appreciate the benefits more. Vivienne Stern, director of UUKi, said that after the launch of the campaign in 2017, more and more universities are showing the willingness to be a part of it. He is delighted that the education minister and Department for Education share their belief that studying abroad have transformative benefits. Stern is looking forward to working on a plan to double the outward student mobility rate.