68% students of grades 11 and 12 prefer higher education in home country: Joint study by IC3 Institute and Shiv Nadar University, Delhi NC | Shiv Nadar University
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68% students of grades 11 and 12 prefer higher education in home country: Joint study by IC3 Institute and Shiv Nadar University, Delhi NC

28 Aug 2021

IC3 Institute and Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR, have released the 2021 IC3 Institute Student Quest Survey Report that examines the dynamics of students’ decision-making process for higher education. More than 6600 students between grades 9 and 12 from 2000 schools across India and South Asia responded to the survey.

Planning for higher education
The report suggests that students begin thinking about their career and related job prospects early – in high school itself. 71% of the students have already started thinking about their future employment. The top three factors in choosing a university include the institution’s placement record, rankings, and program design. Ranked fourth were fees, followed by location and the quality of faculty members. Interestingly, quality of faculty as a factor for choosing a university was low-ranked by students in grades 9 and 10, while students in grades 11 and 12 ranked quality of faculty significantly higher. When choosing a particular program, three factors seem to be most significant: about 35% of the respondents said that they would choose a program based on their interests, 27% favored future job prospects, and 21% percent give the highest importance to their own perceived strength in a particular area of study.

Stay home or go abroad
The report reveals 68% of Class 11 and 12 students preferred to study in their home countries, a sharp increase of 24% from the year 2020. When asked students in grades 9 and 10, 49% preferred to study in their home countries, and 24% remained undecided, highlighting the importance of counseling in earlier grades and of making the right information available to students as they evaluate their options.

Overall this year, 25% of students are planning to go abroad for higher studies, which is four percentage points less than last year. 83% of the students choose ‘quality of education’ as the biggest reason to choose universities outside of their home countries.

“As educators, we are all striving hard each day to make the best possible support available to our students, both in the classroom and beyond. How these students are guided today, how they take decisions, what factors influence those decisions, will really shape their educational and professional choices in the coming years. The choices of our future leaders will determine the talent and human capital this world will have, defining where we are headed as a global community. Taking a data-centric approach, and asking students themselves how they want to be supported is critical to informing and developing the best practices of career counseling support in schools. The findings of the 2021 IC3 Institute Student Quest survey bring forth useful information for all stakeholders- schools, universities, industries, and policymakers”, says Mr. Ganesh Kohli, Founder, IC3 Movement & Chair, Board of Trustees, IC3 Institute.

USA, UK, Canada – Top 3 countries to study abroad; Australia and India rank similarly
32% of the students who preferred to study abroad favored the U.S., followed by the U.K. and Canada (20% and 16%, respectively). Following the top three countries, Australia and India are similarly ranked in students’ choice of preferred country of study. The choice of India as a destination to study abroad underlines the growth and improvement in the country’s higher education landscape. In fact, India ranks higher than Singapore or any European country. This year, China does not figure significantly in the students’ choice set.

Dr. Partha Chatterjee, Professor & Head – Department of Economics, Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR, said: “Students, who are on the verge of adulthood, have to make crucial decisions that can shape their careers and, indeed, lives. Understanding how that choice is made, who influences that, what information they use, what factors play important roles, will not only help institutions, schools and universities alike to design better programs and processes, but will also enable us to help these students alleviate their anxiety and make better choices. This survey attempts to do just that, and the insights that we get from it are undoubtedly very useful.”

Counseling is important
82% of the survey respondents agree that career consultation is important in high school. 52% of the respondents consulted career professionals, teachers or counselors, indicating a definitive role and increasing influence of counselors in the education system. About 29% of respondents met with their counselors at least once a month, and 61% of the respondents met their counselors at least once in three months. Strikingly, the gap between the desired frequency of these meetings and the current frequency is significant: 54% of the students would like to meet their counselors at least once a month. This clearly suggests the need for schools to find ways to augment their counseling services.

The 2021 IC3 Institute Student Quest Survey, in collaboration with Shiv Nadar University, Delhi-NCR, was conducted between June and July 2021. 56% of the total respondents identified themselves as female.

About IC3 Institute
The IC3 Institute is a mission-driven nonprofit that brings together high schools, colleges and universities, and industry to ensure early access to career and college counseling, paving the path for students’ college readiness, workforce preparedness, and career success. The IC3 Institute’s core programming with high schools is supported by a global network of subject matter and industry experts who volunteer their time as faculty members in the IC3 Institute, as well as world-class and innovative higher education institutions who support the IC3 Institute by offering their campuses, faculty, and infrastructure while also guiding the programming and curricula of the institute. The IC3 Institute also serves as a think tank and thought leader on global higher education and career readiness through convenings of experts and timely research.

About Shiv Nadar University, National Capital Region (NCR)
Shiv Nadar University is a student-centric, multidisciplinary and research-focused University offering a wide range of academic programs at the Undergraduate, Master's and Doctoral levels. The University was set up in 2011 by the Shiv Nadar Foundation, a philanthropic foundation established by Mr. Shiv Nadar, founder of HCL. The University is in the quest to become a globally acclaimed center for learning and innovation in the fields of Engineering, Natural Sciences, Humanities & Social Sciences, and Management. The core of the University consists of a select, world-class faculty with doctoral and postdoctoral experiences from ranked universities all over the world.

Shiv Nadar University has been recognized as one of the ten private ‘Institutions of Eminence’ by the Government. In the NIRF (Government’s National Institutional Ranking Framework), the University has been the youngest institution in the 'top 100' Overall list, and its score has been rising steadily. In NIRF-2020, it ranked 56 in the 'University' category. Shiv Nadar University has been accredited with Grade ‘A’ by NAAC (National Assessment and Accreditation Council), valid for a period of five years from 26 November 2019. It is also among a select group of green-field institutions in the country which were awarded the prestigious Atal Incubation Center grant by the NITI Aayog, Government of India, in the very first round in 2017.

About Shiv Nadar Foundation
Established in 1994, by Shiv Nadar, Founder, HCL - a US$ 10 billion leading global technology enterprise, the Foundation is committed to the creation of a more equitable, merit-based society by empowering individuals through transformational education, and to bridge the socio-economic divide. Over the last 27 years the Foundation, has directly touched the lives of over 30,000 alumni and students through its marquee institutions in literacy, K12 and higher education. Today, the Foundation has a community of over 100,000 constituents, which includes not only globally dispersed alumni and students but also faculty members, corporate executives, and extended families.

The Foundation has invested ~$1bn in its six landmark institutions and initiatives across education and art. Currently over 12,600 students and over 2,000 faculty members are part of the Foundation along with around 19,000 strong globally dispersed alumni community.

The Foundation’s students have gone to study at some of the best institutions globally including the Ivy League in the US and top universities in other countries including Australia, Singapore, China and UK. Students are also working across major corporations, including Goldman Sachs, Honda, HP, Schindler, and several others both in India and across other geographies. Faculty across the Foundation institutions are drawn from the best Indian and international universities, with a strong focus on research and innovation.

The Shiv Nadar Foundation pursues the philosophy of 'Creative Philanthropy'. It is a powerful model which envisages creation of institutions that are built to last and continue to impact future generations. It is an approach that allows sustained institutionalized philanthropy for long-term, high impact, socio-economic transformation.