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International graduates host country employment intentions and outcomes: Evidence from two Australian universities

Cameron, R, Farivar, F ORCID: 0000-0001-8413-8143 and Coffey, J 2019 , 'International graduates host country employment intentions and outcomes: Evidence from two Australian universities' , Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, vol. 41, no. 5 , 550–568 , doi: 10.1080/1360080X.2019.1646383.

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Abstract

A key attractor for many international students when choosing to study abroad is the prospects of gaining employment in the host country after graduating. From a university’s perspective, this becomes an important attraction issue for both maintaining and increasing the number of international students as well as improving graduate employability. A survey was utilised to explore employment intentions and outcomes of international graduate alumni from two Australian universities (n = 511 and n = 648). A comparative analysis between the universities has been undertaken in relation to this and rates of unemployment amongst graduates. The study has coined the term Twostep migration intention for international students/graduates and contributes to a gap in the research in relation to international graduate mobility, career intentions and employment outcomes. The findings have strategic implications for marketing Australian higher education to overseas markets and can also inform higher education policy and practice in terms of strategies for promoting international graduate employability.

Item Type: Article
Authors/Creators:Cameron, R and Farivar, F and Coffey, J
Keywords: international graduates, employability, employment intention
Journal or Publication Title: Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management
Publisher: Routledge
ISSN: 1360-080X
DOI / ID Number: 10.1080/1360080X.2019.1646383
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© 2019 Association for Tertiary Education Management and the LH Martin Institute for Tertiary Education Leadership and Management

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