Big Ideas for Global Leadership
Although the definition of global competency is still evolving, the realities of an interconnected world have clearly arrived. The rush to provide international and cultural experiences for all college students, whether on their own campuses or overseas, has become a competitive imperative for American universities, as we seek to prepare the next generation of leaders to flourish in a world economy.
The demand is increasing for graduates who can think critically and creatively, navigate in unfamiliar places, appreciate other cultures, speak multiple languages, and adapt their education to emerging careers. As competition for jobs intensifies, the need expands for professionals who are successful in intercultural, interdisciplinary, diverse, dynamic, and team-driven environments.
More than half of today’s prospective U.S. college students aspire to study abroad—yet only a small percentage actually take advantage of the opportunity, primarily because of costs and concerns about interrupting their degree programs. More than 60 percent of employers polled by the Association of American Colleges and Universities reported that recent graduates do not have the competencies to succeed in a global economy.
Through the Campaign for WSU, we seek to multiply the number of students WSU sends abroad and to establish interdisciplinary academic and research programs designed to expand skills for global business, social, and cultural fluency.