This article was originally published in Education Week as part of a blog series on global education.
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In an increasingly interconnected global economy, future employees and entrepreneurs will be linked to new markets and diverse cultures. The business community needs employees who can recognize differing points of view, communicate effectively across diverse global markets, and take action. Successful American Fortune 500 companies (such as GE, GM, McDonald’s, and Starbucks) and newer disruptive companies (like Google, Facebook, Amazon, and Alibaba) are prime examples of organizations that cannot operate without globally competent employees. As companies grow and engage in new markets, they must invest in global competence education, not only sustain their own growth and success, but also to improve the economic and social sustainability in communities in which they operate.
While some are fortunate to have the opportunity to learn global competence on the job, that is often the exception rather than the rule. Global competence should be taught at an early age, in order to provide opportunities to more people—and to meet the demands of industry.
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