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Asian students feel lack of support after graduating from foreign universities

by Ray Clancy on September 25, 2017

An international education is highly regarded among young people from Asia, but while their experience studying abroad is largely positive, many feel that once they return home there is a lack of support.

Students from Asia tend to pay higher fees to study at universities in countries such as the UK, the United States, Canada, Australia and New Zealand and need to secure visas to do so.

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But once they graduate they are not automatically allowed to stay on in the country where they have studied and find that there is a lack of support once they leave, according to an inaugural study from the International Alumni Job Network and analysis group Nielsen.

The survey found that 72% of international students were either satisfied or very satisfied with the return on investment from studying in Australia, the UK, the US, Canada or New Zealand.

But there were discrepancies in levels of satisfaction depending on where the students came from, according to the responses from 5,200 students from China, India, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore and Vietnam.

The survey report said that international students regularly report feeling abandoned by their university after graduation with those from India reporting the lowest levels of satisfaction with their return on investment.

For example, some 42% of Indian students who graduated from the UK said they had a positive return, with 43% and 55% saying they were satisfied with the returns from their Australian and US education, respectively.

Meanwhile, Hong Kong students in Australia, and Singaporean and Malaysian students in the UK scored above the global average for returns on investment, with 77% and 78% satisfaction rates, respectively.

Despite the overall positivity, Shane Dillon, founder of IAJN, explained that universities should aim to improve their levels of satisfaction, as over a quarter of respondents indicated they were not satisfied with their return on investment.

Inaccurate expectations during the recruitment process and a lack of support from providers to help students transition from study to employment were the most likely causes of dissatisfaction, according to Dillon.

He explained that while an international education is still a highly sought after dream, the problem is a lack of a professional network or any gateways or support to employment like local students receive.

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