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Increasing numbers of South Africans want to study abroad. Image: Adobe Stock

Rising number of South Africans looking to rather study abroad

Results from a recent survey indicate that growing numbers of South Africans are keen on pursuing studies outside of the country.

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Increasing numbers of South Africans want to study abroad. Image: Adobe Stock

As unemployment surges and work opportunities in South Africa dwindle, young South Africans are beginning to see studying abroad as an opportunity to build their futures outside of the country. This is bad news for South Africa, which is currently in the midst of a migration wave.

Large numbers of the country’s skilled workers and high net worth individuals are seeking greener pastures beyond South Africa’s shores.

DESIRE TO GET A FOOT OUT THE DOOR

A staggering number of South Africans now have desires and or ambitions to study abroad, according to results released by BrandMapp. The International Education Association of South Africa (IEASA) reports that the number of South Africans studying abroad totalled 12 000, in March 2020.

Results from BrandMapp’s latest study show that 1.24 million South Africans want to study overseas. The plan to study abroad might also be linked to the desire to leave South Africa.

“Although they might not be able to actually do it, we know from BrandMapp that 27% of adults say they would like to emigrate in the next five years”, said director of storytelling at BrandMapp, Brandon de Kock.

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SEEKING BETTER PROSPECTS

Results from the survey show that individuals under 25 years of age are most eager to study abroad, with the hopes of finding improved opportunities outside of the country.

“But what’s staggering is that that percentage rockets up to 48% of those aged under 25 years. There’s no doubt that for these youngsters, studying overseas looks like the key to a global door behind which lies a future earning dollars, euros or yen rather than rands in return for their soon-to-be highly skilled labour,” De Kock said per IOL.

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