The Covid 19 pandemic has been the most impactful and consequential event stretching capacities of governance, public health infrastructure and the social administration of nations across the globe. It impacted all the services to communities, the worst blow dealt on the educational sector. While governments around the world enforced lockdowns to curb the spread of the disease, economies got grounded as job prospects got jeopardised. Unemployment began soaring leaving fresh graduates feeling marooned over their wait of landing a good job.
The single biggest factor for students while choosing an international university is the chance of landing a good job. The crucial consideration is the strength of employment market for these degree holders. Large number of students opt for study abroad only with the intention of working in the same country after they graduate.
University of Stirling, Ras Al Khaimah, UAE, even during such crisis situation, emerged as one campus that not just educated its students but trained them to become job ready. The University’s placement and education wing (PEW), a student-led body, acted as a catalyst in placing students for summer or final placements with large corporates in different domains. By getting various industries to their campus, the PEW not just widened student’s job prospects but also prepared them for the rigorous selection process and made them confident before they could face the interview panel.
The University’s andragogic teaching and learning environment inculcates corporate work readiness equipping students with competencies like winning attitudes, stress management, leadership skills, interview preparation, etc. These in-house training modules provides a platform for students to explore new dimensions to their personalities.
The PEW works in consultation and collaboration with experienced and trained academics from various faculties who have the best of both the worlds – industry and academia. With an aim to ‘Be the Difference’, the body grooms the students with skills and competencies that make them employable. It conducts highly stimulating and completely interactive employability skills workshops to help students explore avenues and emerge as perfect candidates. PEW also enhances student’s awareness regarding the available career options to match their career objectives in an optimal manner.
The University engages its students not just in academics but in extra and co-curricular activities. Round the year students have a busy calendar – academic festivals, inter-university competitions, cultural events, webinars, public speaking workshops, etc. When classroom concepts are watched and performed in real-time, there is better understanding and assimilation of the subject. The university believes that up-skilling its students is of paramount importance and hence works towards their overall grooming, giving them a unique edge over their peers.
Exploring career opportunity from the university’s UAE campus gives the students an opportunity to study from an international university that has earned a lot of accolades and rankings in the UK. It not only expands student’s academic horizon but also develops their capacity to adapt to various educational settings. It not just makes students competitive in their approach but also helps them exhibit to their employers that they have an open mind, that they are resourceful and that they possess the drive needed to adapt to different environment.
The University believes that pedagogical pursuit is a well guided beacon of logically structured academic initiatives that transcends scholastic scholarships, ingenuity, inventiveness and critical thinking. The University’s pedagogy is supported by round the year inter-institutional educational competitions, events and festivals where the students get an opportunity to showcase and test their applications of classroom trainings.
The University believes in having a balanced Research Informed Teaching Strategy (RITS) which aims at building a well-planned research trajectory to explore new frontiers of knowledge and applications. The university holds regular conferences, a forum for students to showcase their aptitude towards research and problem-solving perspective. The various initiatives of the university include internal workshops, encouraging faculties to publish research papers in research journals, holding international conferences, seminars, faculty development programmes to ensure best practices in both teaching and subject domains.
What PEW does for its students?
- Act as a catalyst with the responsibility of liaising with industries and inviting them to the campus for selection process
- Act as an interface between the Academia and the Industry
- Enhance student’s skills and strategies for job search
- Identify employers and assess their hiring goals
- Up-skill the students and work towards their overall grooming giving them a unique edge over their peers