Thursday, January 13, 2011

International Education: Essential, Not a Frill - A Public Opinion Survey on the Importance of International Education

The results of a public opinion survey conducted by NAFSA, released yesderday, show that despite concerns about jobs and the state of the economy, Americans consider international education to be essential to the educational experience of today’s students. 

The highlights include:

73% of Americans believe that colleges must do a better job of teaching students about the world if they are to be prepared to compete in the global economy
Nearly two-thirds (65%) agree that without foreign-language skills, young people will be at a “competitive disadvantage in their career

The majority consider study abroad a “vital component of an education that prepares [students] for success in the global workplace” and believe international education is “very or moderately essential to the educational experience” of American students

You can read the full report at NAFSA is also running a grassroots campaign on where international education advocates in the United States are writing to President Obama and their members of Congress, reminding them that international education is a vital investment, and that the American public considers it a priority.  

Photo credit: 30Cal

1 comment:

  1. As soon as I read this post, I checked out the Connecting Our World site. As of yet, I have not had the opportunity to travel internationally, and I consider the lack of international experience to be a detriment to my employability. I frequently find myself in situations where I realize I cannot fully comprehend the meaning because I don’t have international experience as part of my perspective. There isn’t a replacement for experiential learning. The Peace Corps PSA illustrates this well.