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ERIC Number: EJ918604
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Apr
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
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ISBN: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Raising Global Citizens: Focus on Cultural Competency
Koprucu, Sirin
School Business Affairs, v75 n4 p30-32 Apr 2009
Corporate leaders of high-growth initiative employment sectors, such as advanced manufacturing, aerospace, automotive, biotechnology, health care, hospitality, information technology, and homeland security, are not the only ones who list intercultural communication and management skills as business requisites. The entrepreneurs who are expected to revive the American economy must also be led by cosmopolitan minds capable of identifying global needs and operating internationally to succeed. Individuals who are going to work in this environment must gain many skills early on, including foreign languages, out-of-the-box thinking, and the ability to work, lead, and motivate people from different cultures. This increased need for cultural competency skills, combined with the many corporate training and employee exchange programs, is prompting students from Asia, Europe, South Africa, and South America to travel abroad to countries like the United States, the United Kingdom, Germany, France, and Austria for better education and international experience. How can schools in the United States help students develop the essential intercultural skills that global thinking requires? By increasing their own cultural competency, schools will set the best example for their students. By connecting with foreign-born students, by having the right programs to integrate them into American education and the workforce, and by fostering cultural exchanges, schools can expand their students' minds and better prepare them for the global village. In addition, abilities to manage diversity among the staff and to develop partnerships with schools from other countries are other indicators that a school system values diversity and acknowledges the importance of effective intercultural interaction for future success. This article provides school leaders who would like to set an example with regard to cultural competency some strategies for success.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
Audience: Administrators
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Missouri