Head of International Education, Carolyn Savage, discusses how university destinations have changed over the last 25 years...
At the tender age of 22, as I boarded the plane to start my new life as an English language instructor in Sumatra, Indonesia, the world seemed like such a large place. There was no Skype or instant messaging to keep in touch with friends and family. No World Wide Web with its plethora of information at your fingertips. Just a vast new world to explore.
I had not long completed a four year degree at one of only two universities in the UK that offered my chosen combination of subjects. On seeing this year’s impressive results and the tremendous array of university destinations and courses available to students, it struck me how much the world has changed in the 25+ years since I began my journey into Higher Education.
To that end, I thought I’d take a moment to share some of the amazing opportunities that students from some of the schools in the Winter’s family will be enjoying this year.
From Yew Chung International School, Hong Kong, students will be using their impressive grades to study a wide range of subjects, including Aerospace Engineering in America, Fashion Design in Italy, Biotechnology in the UK, Acting in New York, Global Business Studies in Hong Kong and Viola at the Royal College of Music, in London.
Head of Godolphin School in the UK, Mrs Emma Hattersley, was delighted with this year’s results, saying that, “The range of higher education and other opportunities the girls are going on to highlights the diversity of their talents, and the education available to them at Godolphin. It is very rewarding to see the students entering the fields of Science, Engineering, Medicine and the Arts.”
Students from the American School in Milan, Italy, have been accepted to study at universities all over the world. Their most popular destinations remain the USA and the UK, but other destinations include Canada, Italy, Korea, The Netherlands and Spain.
The Kingdom of Brunei is home to Jerudong International School, which will see its students move on to an impressive selection of countries, including Denmark, Germany, the USA, Canada, Australia, the Netherlands, the UK, UAE and Singapore. I’d like to take this opportunity to congratulate one student in particular, who has been offered a US$250K scholarship to study at the University of New York in Abu Dhabi! Another student is about to begin his studies at Downing College, Cambridge, where he will read Philosophy. Jerudong International School’s Dean of Higher Education, Mr Russell Mann, commented that, “The school’s consistently outstanding higher education outcomes are a credit to my team of specialist advisers, including highly experienced mentors for Oxbridge, Medicine, Law, Engineering and Architecture, as well as a dedicated US College Counsellor, all of whom work tirelessly throughout the year to ensure the best possible placements for each and every JIS graduate.”
A breakdown of university destinations for Japan’s Saint Maur International School over the last three years shows a high proportion of students choosing to study in the US (38%), with Japan (25%) and Canada (21%) following closely behind. Only 6% of Saint Maur’s students chose to study in the UK, with 5% favouring Australia and 5% moving elsewhere in the world (including Korea, France, Singapore, China, the Netherlands and Ireland). Subjects vary enormously, but include Computing and International Relations, which have become increasingly popular in recent years.
Students from the British School of Brussels (BSB), in Belgium, achieved their best IB results to date, with a 100% pass rate for the third year running. Students have secured university places worldwide, and will be studying subjects that include International Politics, Education, Medicine, Architecture, Modern Languages, Mathematics and many more. Principal Melanie Warnes said she was delighted that BSB students had achieved so highly across the whole spectrum of subjects at IB, BTEC and A Level, “These results mean that BSB students can take advantage of opportunities at the highest level worldwide. I am thrilled for them all."
Most, if not all of our member schools will have a few students deferring entry to university and participating in Gap Years around the world. When I left school, back in the twentieth century, it was considered unusual to take a Gap Year and opportunities to participate in development work overseas were relatively hard to come by. This too has changed and the Gap Year ‘Industry’ now offers a mind-boggling array of projects and activities for our young adults to get involved in.
Of course this is just a tiny snapshot, but it clearly shows the wonderful opportunities that young adults have today and I wish them every success (and a great deal of fun) during their time at university.
By Carolyn Savage - Head of International Education