A new website has just been launched by QS called QS AIM (QS Academic International Mobility). They sent an email hailing this “unique new facility” which stated, “Here you will find thousands of academic and management jobs in universities across the world – deans, professors, lecturers, heads of department, research fellows, and many more. You name it, QS AIM has it!”
The website also offers country guides and expat advice from academics already living and working overseas. I was curious, so I spent some time this morning going through QS AIM, checking out the country guides, seeing what jobs are advertised. The site is a work in progress at the moment, but it seems a good addition to the few other international higher education job websites that are already out there.
There are over 2000 jobs listed, advertising positions available in universities all over the world. Most of these are academic roles, but there are some administrative jobs on there. I wanted to look at the country guides and expat advice so I randomly searched Switzerland, Brazil, Vietnam, Mexico and Bahrain. Right now none of those countries have any information attached, but I’m sure as the site grows QS will add information. Singapore and South Korea did have some information. As I said, it’s a work in progress.
Other higher education job websites already exist, but none seem to be truly international.
- HigherEdJobs (www.higheredjobs.com) has some international listings but lists mostly USA-based academic positions.
- The Chronicle of Higher Education (www.chronicle.com) has a jobs section; again these are mostly academic jobs in America, but some universities in other countries list available positions.
- jobs.ac.uk (www.jobs.ac.uk) is a UK-based website. Mostly academic roles in the UK, but you can filter by area/country and search only administrative/managerial jobs.
- The European University Institute has a webpage with a list of international job databases which might be worthwhile searching through.
- The PIE News (www.thepienews.com) has a jobs board. Positions are mostly UK, but also some roles in Europe/Asia are listed. Many are EFL related.
What all of these international higher education job websites have in common is that they list mostly academic roles. I can understand why (universities want to attract an international faculty to boost rankings/profile/recruitment), but for those of us working on the administrative side of international higher education, it’s a little frustrating. It would be great to see a website dedicated to advertising open administrative, professional, managerial, technical roles in universities around the world.
Many of us working in these types of positions are interested in moving on to another university in another part of the world; it’s only natural given our interest in education abroad, travel, cross-cultural communication. Surely the knowledge and skills I’ve gained in the past 6 years working at a university in the UK could easily transfer and be valued by a university in another country. Why is it that higher ed admin jobs aren’t usually filled by overseas applicants? Too much bureaucratic paperwork, perhaps.