Welcome to The PIE Review #24
A “step beyond internships” is how dual
education programs are described; popular in
Germany, these hybrid programs are a blended
education solution offered by universities and employers.
This means students can take career steps from the begin-ning
of their studies, not at the mid-point or after graduation
– and some such programs are offered entirely in English.
When you read anecdotes such as this, it’s easy to see why
Germany has enjoyed such ascendancy in the world of inter-national
education. As you will find out in Germany’s generous
offer, the country has in fact seen a 60 per cent increase in en-rolments
in a decade. It has generous post-study work rights,
and is also a pioneer in terms of the integration of refugees
into its higher education system.
Accessing the world of work is, as we all know, the major
motivator for most students. In our central feature, Leap of
faith, we hear from one stakeholder who says not enough is
being done to support international students who plan to
return home after graduation and find a job.
Enabling employment is just one in a long list of considera-tions
that universities need to include in their raft of support
services – we hear from providers or organisations helping
achieve social integration, sexual awareness, mind health
and positive language development, as examples of identi-fied
needs which must be addressed during an international
student’s time abroad.
For more ideas on best practice, we also profile success
stories from our annual awards event. And the winners are...
includes a profile on the winner of the PIEoneer Award for
Student support as well as categories as diverse as Real life
learning and Digital innovation. I hope this leaves you inspired!
Don’t forget, entries open in March for the 2020 iteration.
Editorial Director, The PIE.