Students, parents, business and higher education leaders, and policymakers all agree that we now need a workforce that is globally competent and internationally educated. Any country’s economy is inextricably linked to the global economy, offering both opportunities and challenges to local businesses. Without a globally competent workforce those businesses risk being unable to adapt to new markets and new demands.

NAFSA believes that international education must be a critical component of a quality education. International education advances learning and scholarship, fosters understanding and respect among people of diverse backgrounds and perspectives, is essential for developing globally competent individuals, and builds leadership for the global community. We believe that international education lies at the core of an interconnected world characterized by peace, security, and well-being for all.

Upcoming Events

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Past Events

Effective Student Training for Global Careers
April 11, 2019
This NAFSA e-Learning Seminar will share strategies for delivering impactful and effective training for student staff or volunteers to prepare them for future global careers. Examples of programs from international student services and education abroad offices that focus on helping them develop global leadership and intercultural competencies will be provided.

Global Learning for Career Education
February 14, 2019
This is the fourth session in Series III of Architecture for Global Learning and is part of the Spring Group: Global Learning for Your Goals. This AGL session explores examples of global learning integration into nontraditional career post-secondary and higher education environments.

Global Learning for 21st Century Workforce Development
December 6, 2018
This is the third session in Series III of Architecture for Global Learning (AGL) and is part of the Fall Group: Global Learning Theory at Work.  This AGL session provides examples of the new ways international educators and employers are identifying and developing students’ global competencies; those that 21st century graduates are expected to have as they transition into career paths in an evolving, global marketplace.

Roundtable on the Role of Community Colleges in Global Workforce Development 
October 4, 2018
NAFSA convened experts and leaders in higher education, community colleges, business, and policy for a roundtable discussion on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C. to examine the specific role that community colleges play in preparing their students for global workforce.

Roundtable on the Economic Imperative of a Global Education
April 11, 2018
NAFSA hosted a roundtable discussion on the importance of ensuring that college graduates receive a global education. The roundtable was held on Capitol Hill in Washington, D.C., and included business leaders; university presidents and professors; and policy professionals.

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