International Educator - January/February 2018 - 8

FROM THE DESK OF
ESTHER D. BRIMMER, NAFSA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer

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n 2018, NAFSA will mark its 70th anniversary, prompting reflection on the role that
international education has played in the lives of both students and nations. International
education has helped to create a deeper sense of community across borders, fostered
peace and security, enriched the arts and sciences, expanded our definition of the informed
citizen, and built a globally prepared workforce. Educators, artists, diplomats, and national
security experts have long appreciated the benefits of international education; forwardminded employees and businesses are increasingly recognizing its value as well. International
education, including study abroad and global learning at home, can diversify employees'
career options, meet companies' needs, and expand countries' human capital.

Employees' career prospects and highly sought
"soft skills" can be enhanced by the greater cultural
competency, broader knowledge base, and sharper
critical thinking skills that come from international
education. By living and studying in another country, students learn how to work productively with
other people who have different backgrounds and
perspectives. That set of skills is especially valuable
at a time when so many careers are interwoven with
global supply chains that manufacture complex
products in multiple countries.
Even if an employee never leaves her home
office, her intercultural competencies give her a
competitive edge. Knowing that people in different
countries may view a given product or situation
with different perspectives allows her to anticipate
and adapt to the varied needs of global customers.
This advantage also scales up to the corporate
level for the many companies that have suppliers
and customers all over the world. Equipped with
the broader fact base and skill sets that international
education has given its employees, a company seeking to build, for example, a greenfield factory abroad
could have a much better appreciation of the need
to factor in local geography and climate, a greater
facility with the local language when negotiating
with a supplier, and a globally minded outlook that
results in smarter financial decisionmaking.
It is, therefore, not surprising that international
businesses are making serious investments in
international postsecondary education. As part
of the 100,000 Strong in the Americas initiative,
ExxonMobil, Santander Bank, the Coca-Cola
Foundation, and others work together with NAFSA,
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the U.S. Department of State, and Partners of the
Americas to help fund increased student mobility
between U.S. and Latin American universities. To
date, the initiative's Innovation Fund has awarded
more than 120 grants to institutions in 25 countries,
helping to create and strengthen innovative international exchange programs that provide students
with the international skills and experiences that
will help them and the companies they will work for
after graduation.
Connecting students' skills to the needs of the
marketplace and the needs of employers in this way
is critically important, and NAFSA bolsters the
education-to-employment pipeline by supporting
the exchange of students, scholars, and ideas across
borders. When employers can draw on a healthy
immigration system and a globally prepared domestic workforce, they can successfully recruit the
talent they need to achieve their aspirations. When
employees can gain valuable skills and insights,
they not only enhance their productivity but also
their well-being. These are goals worthy of our hard
work, vital to our role in the international community, and crucial to our future. n

FOR MORE
INFORMATION:
NAFSA will host events throughout 2018
to commemorate the association's 70th
anniversary. Visit www.nafsa.org for more
information on the history of NAFSA and the
celebratory events that are planned for the
year ahead.


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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - January/February 2018

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Malaysia
Quick Questions
Feature: Recruiting Farther Upstream: U.S. Institutions Are Exploring New Opportunities Among International High School Students
Feature: CASE STUDY: The Business of Global Engagement
Feature: Middle Class Rising: As the Number of Families with Discretionary Income Grows, So Do Prospects for More International Students
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
Feature: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Results
Advertiser Listings & Index
International Educator - January/February 2018 - BB1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - BB2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 3
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 4
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 5
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 6
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 7
International Educator - January/February 2018 - From the Desk of
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Frontlines
International Educator - January/February 2018 - In Brief
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 11
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 12
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 13
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Global Spotlight: Malaysia
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 15
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Quick Questions
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 17
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: Recruiting Farther Upstream: U.S. Institutions Are Exploring New Opportunities Among International High School Students
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 19
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 20
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 21
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: CASE STUDY: The Business of Global Engagement
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 23
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 24
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 25
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: Middle Class Rising: As the Number of Families with Discretionary Income Grows, So Do Prospects for More International Students
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 27
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 28
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 29
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Education Abroad
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 31
International Educator - January/February 2018 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 33
International Educator - January/February 2018 - International Enrollment
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 35
International Educator - January/February 2018 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 37
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Forum
International Educator - January/February 2018 - 39
International Educator - January/February 2018 - In Focus
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover3
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Cover4
International Educator - January/February 2018 - SCover1
International Educator - January/February 2018 - SCover2
International Educator - January/February 2018 - S3
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Feature: Minimizing Risk, Maximizing Results
International Educator - January/February 2018 - S5
International Educator - January/February 2018 - S6
International Educator - January/February 2018 - S7
International Educator - January/February 2018 - S8
International Educator - January/February 2018 - S9
International Educator - January/February 2018 - Advertiser Listings & Index
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