ERIC Number: ED345817
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1992-Jul
Reference Count: N/A
International Education/International Business: A Model for Cooperation.
In order to strengthen cooperation among institutions of higher education and businesses with global connections in Silicon Valley, a project was undertaken by San Jose City College to compile a list of the internationally oriented business-related courses available at local institutions and identify existing gaps in the curricula. Information gathered from all institutions of higher education in the Silicon Valley was printed in an International Education Directory, developed specifically for businesses. The directory was sent to approximately 1,100 Silicon Valley businesses, along with a questionnaire designed to gather information about international business education and training needs. Forty-one businesses responded to the questionnaire, and the project lacked the resources to conduct a telephone follow-up to increase the response rate. Most of the respondents represented small, manufacturing-type businesses, with annual sales of less than $25,000, employing 25 or fewer workers. All respondents were interested in learning more about international business practices, and the majority anticipated opening international offices within 3 to 5 years. Many sought foreign language courses focusing on business conversation, a majority preferred a one- or two-day seminar or workshop format, and more than half expressed interest in participating on a business advisory committee for an educational institution. Although survey findings were not statistically significant, the project as a whole provided unique opportunities for interinstitutional and college-business dialogue and cooperation. (JSP)
Descriptors: Business Communication, Business Education, Community Colleges, Courses, Cultural Context, Directories, Economic Development, Educational Opportunities, Foreign Countries, Intercultural Communication, International Trade, Program Descriptions, School Business Relationship, Two Year Colleges
Publication Type: Reports - Descriptive; Speeches/Meeting Papers
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers: San Jose City College CA
Note: Paper presented at "Leadership 2000," the Annual International Conference of the League for Innovation in the Community College and the Community College Leadership Program (4th, Chicago, IL, July 19-22, 1992).