Global perception survey finds UK universities least likely to prepare people for jobs

A total of 51 per cent of 1,001 UK respondents aged 16 to 70 said university did not prepare them for their career, new research for Pearson’s first ever Global Learner Survey found, while only 45 per cent of respondents from Italy, Spain, Germany, France believed the same. FE Week reports.

In the UK, 73 per cent believed a degree gives students an advantage in getting a job – the lowest of any surveyed area – compared to 77 per cent in UAE, Saudi Arabia, Turkey, and Egypt; and 66 per cent in the UK think a vocational qualification is more likely to result in a good job with career prospects than a university degree is.

Pearson’s findings will raise concerns about the value people in the UK are getting from higher education, with the education publisher’s head of innovation communications Laura Howe saying: “There are a number of indicators that people are supportive of higher education, but they’re looking for additional options to what universities are providing now.”

Read more findings in the full article Global perception survey finds UK universities least likely to prepare people for jobs 

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