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The British Council, in partnership with Ipsos Public Affairs, conducted a study of current professional leaders from 30 countries, and across sectors.  The study focused on leaders with a higher education qualification to examine the impact of their experience – both academic and extracurricular – on their career.   

Key findings:     

  • the majority of leaders surveyed, particularly younger ones, have a  degree in the humanities or social sciences 
  • leaders have international educational or professional experience both of which develop vital skills for the multicultural workplace
  •  extracurricular activities offered through higher education are just as valuable as classroom activities
  •  social networks, often built through extracurricular activities, continued to have a positive impact throughout their careers. 

 You’ll find the full report, an infographic and the executive summary below which further explore the findings of our research.