As many as 84 per cent of Indian students believe they will own their own home before they are 35, the third highest of all the countries polled after Kenya (92 per cent) and Indonesia (86 per cent). By comparison, only 31 per cent of Japanese students believe they will see home ownership by the age of 35, the lowest of all the countries surveyed.
Among some of the other key global findings, 56 per cent of students across all 21 surveyed countries say their mental health has suffered during the period of Covid-19 and over half (53 per cent) of all surveyed students have struggled with their living costs in the last year. Also, around 54 per cent of students say if it was cheaper, they would prefer their university degree take a shorter amount of time to complete, with jobs found to be the main motivation for students going to university.
Lila Thomas, Chegg’s Director of Social Impact and Head of Chegg.org, said: “Across the world, students have told us loud and clear that the biggest issues facing their generation are access to good quality jobs and growing inequality. Addressing these challenges is more important than ever in the wake of the economic devastation wrought by Covid, and education is the key.”
Chegg.Org said its survey is based on in-depth opinion polling by Yonder (formerly Populus) of nearly 17,000 undergraduate students aged 18-21 years across 21 countries around the world, including 1,000 students in India. Yonder conducted the interviews between October 20 and November 10, 2020. The countries included in the research are Argentina, Australia, Brazil, Canada, China, France, Germany, India, Indonesia, Italy, Japan, Kenya, Malaysia, Mexico, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Spain, Turkey, the UK, the US and Russia, with sample sizes ranging from 500 to 1,007 in each country.