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QUICK QUESTIONS

Interconnecting Internationalization
Mohamed Abdel-Kader, executive director of the Stevens Initiative at The Aspen Institute, and previously the
deputy assistant secretary for International and Foreign Language Education at the U.S. Department of Education's
Office of Postsecondary Education, has spent a lot of time working on the challenges of bridging nations and cultures.
In this exclusive interview, International Educator sat down with Abdel-Kader to get his unique perspective on internationalization, the role of anti-intellectualism, and what exactly global competency is.
How would you define global competency and why
is it especially important these days?
It's quite simple: Global competence encompasses skills
that people need to thrive in the twenty-first century.
With the interconnectedness of the world today, any
issue around the world-whether it is related to the
environment or security, the economy, or understanding
the diversity in our community-affects us locally. So
the ability to collaborate and communicate is incredibly important. As is the ability to have empathy with
those who have had experiences different than our own.
Being able to communicate in multiple languages is also
important, as so much is lost in translation. The capacity
to analyze and understand and have a grasp of different
global issues is also key; as is the ability and the willingness to act based on knowledge.
Just take the business world as an example: There is
always a global dimension to your work. For graduates
who go on to work for General Electric, or Bechtel, or
Coca-Cola, Boeing, or Goldman Sachs, a currency fluctuation in one part of the world will affect your bottom
line and you've got to think about that. If you work at a
place like Facebook, or Google, you have more customers outside of the English-speaking world than you have
in the United States and Canada and the UK. If you're
an entrepreneur thinking market growth opportunities, you have to understand how much of your product
someone can afford in other emerging markets or
how competition from those markets will affect your
growth. We have to train our young people to widen
the scope of their vision to see how different global
issues tie into market forces and ultimately, economic
prosperity for us all.
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Given the current political and social context,
some prospective international students may
be questioning whether the United States is
as welcoming as they once thought. What can
individual campuses do to effectively reassure
students that they are committed to substantive
internationalization and to the students' success?
First and foremost, you've really got to think about
what's happening on campus. Have conversations with
the students. Have conversations with your alumni and
listen. Don't be afraid to engage in difficult conversations. Don't be afraid to hear uncomfortable feedback



Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of International Educator - November/December 2017

From the Desk of
Frontlines
In Brief
Global Spotlight: Iran
Quick Questions
Feature: The New Why of Partnering: International Partnerships Are Expanding Their Reach and Goals
Feature: Partnering Case Studies: Leveraging Unconventionality
Feature: Doing Well by Doing Good: Social Entrepreneurship is Evolving to Meet New Realities
Education Abroad
International Student Affairs
International Enrollment
International Education Leadership
Forum
In Focus
Feature: A Healthy Balance
Feature: Mental Health: Leveraging Resources
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Cover1
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Cover2
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 1
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 2
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 3
International Educator - November/December 2017 - From the Desk of
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 5
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Frontlines
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 7
International Educator - November/December 2017 - In Brief
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 9
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 10
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 11
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Global Spotlight: Iran
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 13
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Quick Questions
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 15
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: The New Why of Partnering: International Partnerships Are Expanding Their Reach and Goals
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 17
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 18
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 19
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 20
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 21
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: Partnering Case Studies: Leveraging Unconventionality
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International Educator - November/December 2017 - 24
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 25
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International Educator - November/December 2017 - Feature: Doing Well by Doing Good: Social Entrepreneurship is Evolving to Meet New Realities
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International Educator - November/December 2017 - 30
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International Educator - November/December 2017 - 32
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 33
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Education Abroad
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International Educator - November/December 2017 - 36
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 37
International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Student Affairs
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 39
International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Enrollment
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 41
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 42
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 43
International Educator - November/December 2017 - International Education Leadership
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 45
International Educator - November/December 2017 - Forum
International Educator - November/December 2017 - 47
International Educator - November/December 2017 - In Focus
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