Overseas study opens the global world of best-in-class education to you. Thinking about your overseas study options allows you to start planning a high potential career path outside the constraints of India’s higher education system.

When first thinking about studying abroad, the choices and options can seem overwhelming. You need to start breaking these down into clear categories so you can identify the best career pathway, the best domain learning experience and the best faculty expertise available to you. This is where an overseas education specialist with an understanding of high potential career pathways in the global economy can be absolutely invaluable to you. Working with an overseas education agency can save you a lot of time, effort and heartache. You need to start thinking about the advantages of different educational systems:


The USA has the greatest number of top-ranked universities in the world. It also has an astonishingly large number of very poor educational institutions that create a great deal of complexity, ambiguity and uncertainty around the value of an American degree certificate from an internationally unknown college or university. If you can’t see your way to getting into a top-tier US university or business school, you are probably better off looking elsewhere. So, within your frame are universities like Harvard, Yale, Stanford, Brown, Rutgers, Colombia, Clarke, UC Berkeley and possibly UC Maryland, UC Washington, Denver and other well-accredited and well-ranked state university systems. You probably want to rule out many other large, privately-owned universities or colleges because many of these are seen as having lower admission and graduation standards and are less-well regarded by employers looking for high potential career talent.

Australia, New Zealand and Canada 

Australia, New Zealand and Canada each education systems ranging from the universally well-regarded to the surprisingly local or parochial and largely internationally unknown. Interestingly, most families view these are very far-flung education destination choices. This has only been reinforced by Covid and the difficulty of travel. Each of these countries has imposed some form of total or partial international travel ban, essentially isolating the country from the rest of the world. This is something you will want to think about going forward. Do you want to be in a foreign country that is willing to self-isolate from the rest of the world? If you see these education systems as interesting to you, top names to look out for are Monash Mt Eliza Business School in Australia, the university of Otago in New Zealand and McGill in Montreal Canada. Internationally known by employers are Curtain University in Australia and Athabasca and the University of British Colombia in Canada.

The EU, EEC and EFTA

The EU also includes some of the best universities in the world. Here, you need to be aware that you are enrolling into the education system of a single country but that the degree award is recognized across the whole of the EU, EEC and EFTA. The countries of most note here are Switzerland, France, Germany, Spain, Italy, the Netherlands and Ireland. You are probably going to want to find a university offering its degree courses, MBA or other Master specialisations in English.  Of interest to you could be in:

Switzerland: IMD in Lausanne, UTZ in Zurich, University of Fribourg and University of Geneva

France: HEC, INSEAD and Notre Dame in Paris

Germany: The Free University of Berlin

Spain: ESADE, IESE and IE

Italy: University of Bologna

Netherlands: University of Amsterdam, Erasmus University and Maastricht School of Management

Ireland: Trinity College Dublin and Dundalk Institute of Technology

The UK

The UK counts some of the most highly ranked universities in the world, not least because it is the home to Oxford University, Cambridge University, UCL (University College London), Imperial College, The London Business School, Kings College London, Queen Mary London and others. The UK has perhaps the most consistent level of higher education in any country. This is because all universities are regulated and with the exception of the University of Buckingham, all are state institutions which means they are run to deliver educational excellence, not merely profit. The UK university rankings are among the most competitive in the world with different newspapers and magazines running their own assessment of where it is best to study based a complex array of different metrics including faculty excellence, student experience, employer recognition, time from graduation to first job, average income of graduates after 10, 20 or 30 years etc.

Russell Group, Red Brick and Plate Glass

If you are looking to study in the UK then Henley Business School, Cranfield Business School, The Open University Business School Cass Business School and others of this top-tier category will be of interest to you. In a broader range the institutions classified as The Russell Group of Universities will always command attention, as these include some of the oldest and most prestigious of the country’s institutions. These universities are also affectionately known as Red Brick Universities because most of their buildings reach back to Victorian times when everything in Britain was built in red brick. In the Russell Group you will find the red brick Universities of Bristol, Durham, Reading, Exeter, Cardiff, Newcastle, Glasgow, Birmingham and Manchester.

However, do not overlook the so -called Plate Glass Universities. These are the newer universities established from the 1960s onwards as the UK expanded its tertiary education system to service the growing knowledge economy of which the UK was a global leader. These universities include Sussex, Bath, Heriot-Watt, Strathclyde, Aston, Stirling, Kent, Warwick, Ulster and York. These universities have become well known powerhouses of high potential career graduates equipped to deliver value in the global economy and Economy 5.0, the post-co0vid economy shaping our future.

Scotland, a microcosm of the UK’s Excellence

The Scottish education system is a microcosm of the UK’s globally recognised excellence. This is because Scotland’s education system has been serving the industrial revolution (Economy 3.0) for hundreds of years and more recently Economy 4.0 (the global knowledge economy) and now Economy 5.0 (the post-Covid, cocreative economy). The Scottish Universities provide a consistent level of excellence because they serve a small but highly educated population in a very small, closely-knit geographical area and community. This means that every university has to be as good as its neighbour if it is to hope to survive. More powerfully, each university has specialised in a domain arena of future importance to the global business community. This means that you have a powerfully expert, cross-cutting faculty expertise in a very small space serving one of the world’s most dynamic economies. The entrepreneurial flair and innovation in Scotland is only perhaps felt in the same way in the powerhouse of London, the capital of the UK.

What this means is that the Scottish Universities have a global recognition that employers’ rate, that is completely out of proportion to the country’s size. You can say that having a degree from a Scottish University allows you to punch above your global weight to find your very own high speed, high potential entry point into the expertise-driven niches of the emerging co-creative economy 5.0. One of the most important elements of this is the global presence of Scottish University alumni all around the world. When you graduate from a Scottish university, you not only become an alumni of that university, but also of the Scottish education system as well. You are part of a wider community that truly values, recognises and supports high potential talent as it moves through the global education and future-facing high impact career paths.

In summary

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If you want to leave nothing to chance, contact your local Overseas Education Specialist for more information and advice on how to make Scotland a secret superpower creating advantage for you in your own high potential, Economy 5.0 global entrepreneurial or intrapreneurial career future.

ScotsGrad is a pioneer in establishing the UK, especially Scotland, as a premier destination for higher education among students in India. We provide end to end advisory services including psychometric assessment, personalised interactions, university and visa application assistance, and career guidance. The personalised interactions with our members, former graduates of leading UK universities, ensure a holistic and systematic approach. We are also the only consultancy in India enabling “career success” for any student going to the UK.

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