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International study maybe the way forward for UK graduates

Published: Thursday, 23 August 2007   Category: Public sector

More students should take advantage of generous funding and enrol for postgraduate study abroad, a think tank has claimed.

The Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) offers funding to students who wish to tackle further education outside the UK.

And the council argues that by going overseas to continue the learning process students can foster strong international contacts and gain valuable life experience.

Commenting on the advantages of global education, Jeremy Neathey at the ESRC said: "If somebody wants to go and study in any country in the world, we will pay for them to go and do that.

"Those allowances are available and at the end of the PhD, towards the end, we can extend the PhD funding so students can go and study at centres of excellence in other parts of the world to start networking and start beginning to develop their own career through international contacts."

He added: "We have those options over and we positively encourage that - we are prepared to pay for that to happen."

Recent research by jobs.ac.uk suggests that more than half a million graduates are currently looking for university and research jobs.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18255971-ADNFCR

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