Target 4 B: Scholarships
By 2020, substantially expand globally the number of scholarships available to developing countries, in particular least developed countries, small island developing States and African countries, for enrolment in higher education, including vocational training and information and communications technology, technical, engineering and scientific programmes, in developed countries and other developing countries
Benjamin Loyseau/UNHCR. Hannah fled the Syrian Arab Republic in 2012.
The volume of scholarships funded by aid programmes has been stagnant since 2010 at about US$1.1 billion to US$1.2 billion (excluding imputed student costs). However, this indicator does not provide information on the number of scholarship recipients or the number of recipients of scholarships disbursed outside aid programmes.
While an increasing share of internationally mobile students move outside their regions, most internationally mobile students from Europe stay within the region, their mobility actively promoted through student exchange programmes. Their outward mobility rate increases by level of study, from 3% for bachelor’s degrees to 6% for master’s and 10% for doctorate degrees (Figure 15).
Figure 15: In Europe, student mobility increases with the level of study
The EU Learning Mobility in Higher Education 2020 benchmark suggests that at least 20% of higher education graduates in the European Union should have studied abroad for at least 3 months or the equivalent of 15 credits in the European Credit Transfer System.
Home institutions may provide data for estimating temporary mobility for credits; destination countries must provide data for degree mobility. For EU countries, reporting is mandatory, but among the main destination countries for EU students outside Europe, only Australia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Israel and New Zealand provide the necessary data. The United States is a key missing source, along with China, India, Japan, Mexico and the Republic of Korea. Given the incomplete coverage, the available estimates (currently far below 20%) likely understate outward mobility.
The EU’s higher education strategy includes a target for at least 20% of graduates to experience part of their study abroad
Previous year’s Target 4.B