Scots to benefit from study abroad
- Published on Monday, 30 July 2012 10:47
- Posted by Vicki Mitchem
Many more Scottish students will get the chance to broaden their academic and personal experiences by studying overseas this year.
Up to £130,000 will be available through the Saltire Scholarship Outward Mobility Fund in 2012/13 to universities, colleges and student associations as part of a drive to increase the options available for students based in Scotland.
Education Secretary Michael Russell said:
"I want to see as many of our students as possible enhance the skills that employers require in an increasing global marketplace.
"Studying abroad offers many opportunities, be they learning new cultures, improving language skills or developing a global perspective. These and other benefits are well recognised by businesses.
"This fund will build upon the opportunities already available to study overseas and complements our existing Saltire Scholarships programme which is offered to incoming students to ensure Scotland remains at the heart of student mobility."
Robin Parker, President of NUS Scotland added:
"We greatly welcome the news that, through the Saltire Scholarship Scheme, the Scottish Government is helping provide opportunities for students to see the world as part of their studies. As clearly demonstrated in our research report, Developing Scotland's Global Graduates, study abroad not only makes for a fantastic learning experience, it makes students more employable as well.
"This year, NUS Scotland's Scotland Goes Global project will be working to make sure that students have every chance to learn about study abroad options. Our Global Ambassadors will be talking to their peers about the transformative effect study abroad had on their lives, education and job prospects, while we will be promoting study abroad at events with employers, colleges and universities, and providing schools with interactive modules.
"These efforts, combined with the new funding announced today, should see even more young Scots taking the small but exciting step towards broadening their educational horizons through study abroad."
Source: ©Scottish Gov