A compelling and comprehensive new report released last month by Global Washington, a coalition of companies, nonprofits, and universities in Washington state, recommends major improvements to international education to support Washington’s increasingly diverse and global economy.
The report’s overarching conclusion is that Washington presently does not have the international education capacity that it needs to feed its highly internationalized economy with globally educated talent. More than 1,000 parents, educators, and business leaders from across Washington contributed to, Global Education in Washington State, which produced six major recommendations for building international education in Washington.
“It’s a two-way street: global economies are driving global education, but global education is needed to continue to drive those global economies,” said NAFSA Executive Director and CEO Marlene M. Johnson. “This report is inspiring in that there is an acute awareness across the state and across industries that there is room for development in the state’s global education initiatives.”
The report reflects the shared recognition between NAFSA and groups such as Global Washington that international education is an essential component of 21st century globalization and competitiveness. NAFSA seeks to encourage and support state initiatives to increase global competitiveness for students and regional economies through improvements in international education.
Report: International Education is Essential to Washington State’s Global Economy