EMPLOYERS TARGET UNIVERSITIES LOOKING FOR RETURNEE STUDENTS

Posted by Nikki Barnard

EMPLOYERS TARGET UNIVERSITIES LOOKING FOR RETURNEE STUDENTS

In order to be able to improve employability outcomes for returnee students, it is essential to know what makes an employer target a specific university. With this in mind, GradConnection put together the Returnee Report 2016 which revealed some surprising results.

The report found that returnee students from the USA, UK and Australia were highly targeted by Chinese and Hong Kong-based employers above any other country. Looking to return to their home countries after completing their studies, these returnee students are highly valued and sort after by employers.

So, what makes an employer approach one university over another while looking for these returnee students? With 93 top organisations in China and Hong Kong participating in the 2016 Returnee Report, we were able to obtain invaluable insight into university employability outcomes.

The report revealed that the main reason employers do not target certain universities is because they don’t know the international student/returnee numbers at that university. In addition, more than 86% of Chinese employers said that they would consider targeting universities that they had not heard of, if they knew they had a high number of returnee students eligible to work for their organisation.

According to the report, most of the employers actively target the universities via career websites, or making direct contact with them to discuss how to target their returnee students. An impressive 18% of employers said that they go so far as to visit the university campus in person to discuss the matter.

For more information and access to the full report, please contact Dave Jenkins.


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