That Includes Me

Originally posted on iEARN-USA:
The real value of study abroad isn’t that it can transform individual lives, it’s that study abroad can transform all of our lives. Study abroad transforms lives by increasing awareness and empathy. Successful programs, like the Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study (YES) Program, begin this transformation during the pre-departure orientations. YES students coming from 40 countries with significant Muslim populations to the United States for an exchange experience are well prepared. Their orientation topics have included: how to be…

Plenary Connections: Shiza Shahid

Originally posted on NAFSA: Association of International Educators Blog:
Recently, NAFSA announced that Shiza Shahid, co-founder and ambassador of the Malala Fund as a plenary speaker at the 2015 NAFSA Annual Conference in Boston. Ms. Shahid has been an outspoken advocate for the empowerment of girls through increased access to education ever since she was a young woman growing up in Pakistan. The importance of the cause that Ms. Shahid is championing may seem self-evident to most of us living in the…

Number of Vietnamese students abroad up 15% in 2013

Originally posted on An International Educator in Viet Nam:
ICEF Monitor (4 November 2014) We have published two significant updates on Vietnam over the past 18 months. The first, a guest post from market specialist and international educator Dr Mark Ashwill, provides a strong foundation in the important trends and conditions that have shaped the Vietnamese education market in recent years. A second post, “Spotlight on Vietnam: quality issues, demand for study abroad and graduate employability,” offers updated information on outbound student…

Musings & Comments About Value of International Education and Coping With Uncertainty

Over the years, I’ve regularly commented about what others have written online in essays or blog posts… here are a few selected statements which reflect my point of view: “…there are very few campuses in the country [the U.S.] whose study abroad or career service offices are equipped to provide the kind of [integrated] advising and oversight of learning outcomes at each stage of student decision-making and participation in study abroad.”  (My research for the 2014 monograph on Campus Best Practices Supporting []

Got competencies? Better than getting good grades?

My collection of articles, reports and surveys about the alignment of the global higher education system and the workplace never remains static. The attention on figuring out how to reduce youth un and under-employment remains a constant source of analysis and a sustaining topic at conferences on all continents. And why not?  This lengthy report in the World Financial Review is a comprehensive compendium of the data and bleak situation facing youth (focused on Europe): http://www.worldfinancialreview.com/?p=598#.VrFkoVCAMeuE.email. “In 2013, eight million young Europeans – []

Career “Readiness” & Workforce Development

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
I’m very interested in efforts to link career training with community-based organizations, industry and community colleges.  I believe the Obama administration is making an important contribution in its focus on community colleges for this reason.  These two stories describe creative approaches to closing the skills gap for low income and minority communities in PA and MN: In PA, the Highmark company is providing $2 million in funding to 25 organizations across the state for career development and…

Role of Private Sector in Linking Education & Employability

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Reporting on IFC conference on private education, “Making Global Connections,” University World News http://test.universityworldnews.com/article.php?story=2012031514592545 offers glimpse of growing efforts to bridge employer needs for talent with innovative private sector education initiatives. The article states: Some “30% of employers globally say they do not find enough people for the jobs that they have,” Gassan Al-Kibsi, managing partner at McKinsey and Company in Saudi Arabia, told the IFC’s conference on private education held in Dubai from 6-8 March. Top-up courses for…

Youth Perceptions of Corruption: Help Overcome the Data Deficit!

Originally posted on accountabilitylab:
A sign in Zimbabwe indicating that all may not consider illegal pirating as corrupt. By: Brooks Marmon, Accountability Architect In many countries across the world, demographics are dominated by an ever rising youth population. In Nepal, for example, roughly 50% of the population is under the age of 24. In Liberia, where the Lab also works, the same percentage is under 15 years old. Governments and researchers have long been concerned by the political and security implications of…

Youth Unemployment – A Global Crisis

Originally posted on Global Career Compass:
Reading this blog post on World Bank site, http://blogs.worldbank.org/voices/we-need-youth-jobs-revolution, I was struck that the problem, the actors involved, and the solutions – all were as applicable to the youth unemployment problem in the United States as in the developing world (the ostensible aim of the dialogue held at the Bank during their meetings in DC earlier this month). “The Bank-sponsored session demonstrated a consensus around the need to promote market-based solutions so young people gain the life…

Some College Can Be Worse Than None

This story in the Wall Street Journal, http://online.wsj.com/articles/a-bit-of-college-can-be-worse-than-none-at-all-1413158511,   was troubling to read; and the headline did not at first appear to make sense. But, the stats point to a very troubling issue in our higher education system – one which I usually thought of only as a problem in our high schools.  And this is the growing number of students who do not complete college.. “Nearly one-third of students who started college in 2012 did not return to a U.S. school the []


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Marty has been a strong thought partner on the issue of education abroad and student career development. As an employer interested in hiring graduates with an international mindset, it was helpful to liaise with Marty and consider the bridge between the study abroad experience and the skill sets of the global professional. He’s become a leader in this space, as evidenced by his extensive involvement with NAFSA on this issue and his numerous publications on the topic.

Simon Kho

Global Head, Corporate & Investment Bank Campus Recruiting, JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Marty is doing an exceptional job at keeping education abroad professionals like me informed about, not just career trends, but about the need to link career and academics.

His posts and guides have been pivotal in making me understand the importance of incorporating career development elements into our international programs. They have also empowered me to make those changes. I attribute a significant part of our success in increasing study abroad enrollment to Marty’s advocacy.

Paloma Rodriguez

Coordinator of International Education, Santa Fe College

 

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