Category: Education Abroad & Global Workforce Development

Moral Challenge to International Educators

See the new report by the International Association of Universities, Affirming Academic Values in Internationalization of Higher Education: A Call for Action  http://www.iau-aiu.net/sites/all/files/Affirming_Academic_Values_in_Internationalization_of_Higher_Education.pdf I am concerned about the “asymmetry” of access to international experience which the IAU report gently labels an “adverse consequence” of globalization.… Continue Reading “Moral Challenge to International Educators”

Risks of Globalization for International Education Community-Spying by Foreign Government Agents

This story has just been sent around by a NAFSA colleague:  http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2012-04-08/american-universities-infected-by-foreign-spies-detected-by-fbi.html. I recall the days when the National Student Association was, in fact, tied to the CIA, and yet this is a serious matter in the current geo-political atmosphere. As a junior at… Continue Reading “Risks of Globalization for International Education Community-Spying by Foreign Government Agents”

On Valuing Study Abroad: A Global Mandate for Higher Education

This is a succinct and well written IIE briefing paper – http://www.iie.org/en/Research-and-Publications/Publications-and-Reports/IIE-Bookstore/~/media/Files/Corporate/Publications/Valuing%20Study%20Abroad.ashx – from a conference  where the British Academy and the University Council of Modern Languages (UCML) released a joint position statement, Valuing the Year Abroad, that advocated support for funding a third year abroad for British undergraduate… Continue Reading “On Valuing Study Abroad: A Global Mandate for Higher Education”

The “Relevance” of the Liberal Arts & the 21st Century Workforce

This is a topic which has been around for a long time; it has surfaced as a hot issue in terms of the impact of the recession on state economic development.  And this in turn has led to a discussion about the linkage between… Continue Reading “The “Relevance” of the Liberal Arts & the 21st Century Workforce”

Career Services at Chinese Universities-A Growth Occupation

I’ve been meaning to comment on this Chronicle article: http://chronicle.com/article/In-China-as-Job-Possibilities/131127/.  I thought it was difficult enough to work with 500 students at Hopkins-SAIS career services; now we see an awakening of a new career path for Chinese higher ed professionals in the career counseling field!… Continue Reading “Career Services at Chinese Universities-A Growth Occupation”

International Students Key to Michigan’s Economic Growth

The Global Talent Retention Initiative [GTRI]  http://detroit.cbslocal.com/2012/03/21/colleges-international-students-key-to-michigans-economic-growth/#.T3NFXtZ_zVk.email of Southeast Michigan is a wonderful model pointing to the convergence of interests among educators, academic institutions, and industry –all working together towards the economic revitalization of the state. And it illustrates the critical contribution of international students whose… Continue Reading “International Students Key to Michigan’s Economic Growth”

Global Mobility,Work & Family

I was struck by this NY Times op-ed and its focus on a topic not usually reported on in mainstream media –the difficulty of adjusting to life in our globalized economic marketplace:  http://www.nytimes.com/2012/03/22/opinion/many-still-live-with-homesickness.html?_r=1&emc=eta1 “ACCORDING to a recent Gallup World Poll, 1.1 billion people, or… Continue Reading “Global Mobility,Work & Family”

Role of Private Sector in Linking Education & Employability

Reporting on IFC conference on private education, “Making Global Connections,” University World News http://test.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2012031514592545 offers glimpse of growing efforts to bridge employer needs for talent with innovative private sector education initiatives. The article states: Some “30% of employers globally say they do not find enough people… Continue Reading “Role of Private Sector in Linking Education & Employability”

Engineers Have an Edge in Global Marketplace

file:///C:/Users/Owner/Desktop/Engineers%20with%20a%20foreign%20language%20build%20global%20bridges%20-%20University%20World%20News.htm This recent post to University World News caught my attention:  At the University of Rhode Island, their International Engineering Program [IEP] is  designed to fully integrate  international experience with their course of study.  “The IEP’s model, unchanged since its inception 25 years ago,… Continue Reading “Engineers Have an Edge in Global Marketplace”

On the Practical Value of a College Education

Ipsos is a leading global market research company that published a study, How America Pays for College: Sallie Mae’s National Study of College Students and Parents – https://www1.salliemae.com/NR/rdonlyres/BAF36839-4913-456E-8883-ACD006B950A5/14952/HowAmericaPaysforCollege_2011.pdf –  last August (only just learned of the report). Why am I commenting on this?  I’ve believed that since the onset… Continue Reading “On the Practical Value of a College Education”

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