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Thursday, July 31, 2014

Firms must address language skills gap

Coventry Telegraph – Jenny Waddington

““Businesses need people with language skills to enable them to expand into new export markets by using the language of their customers to sell goods and services,” said Sophie Howe, chairman of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce. “Foreign jobseekers are nearly always ahead of their British counterparts when it comes to the number of languages spoken.” (more)

Principals Test Entrepreneurial Ideas in K-12

Education Week – Michelle R. Davis and Michele Molnar

“Faced with a rapidly changing set of challenges, including tight budgets, new technologies, and competition for students, some school leaders are incorporating entrepreneurial practices into their operations.” (more)

Panel: Improving rural education is key to helping poor communities

The Post and Courier – Jeremy Borden

“Rural education has come to the forefront recently…rural communities must be improved through their schools…businesses have clamored for more well-trained workers to fill needed jobs.” (more)

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

More Africans Are Settling in China

Voice of America News – Staff Writer

“Growing relations between Africa and China have led to an influx of Chinese migrants in Africa and a growing number of Africans moving to China…Most Africans used to return home after their studies or doing business in China, now a growing number of them want to stay.” (more)

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Say ‘ni hao’ to business abroad

Mumbai Mirror – Kunal Guha

“Diamond merchants, bankers and engineers are among the many cashing in on Mandarin…Four years ago, Kshitiz Bhaskar felt like an alien in downtown Shanghai with no way of asking for directions…While getting by in China was the motive, picking up the language offered a competitive edge, “Executives in top Chinese firms speak English. But when you speak their language, they’re more at ease and open to your ideas,” explains Bhaskar.” (more)

Thursday, July 17, 2014

But I Can’t Speak the Language

Chief Learning Officer – Kate Everson

“Businesses are going more and more global…To successfully conduct business outside of the U.S., many times employees have to communicate in a foreign language…So, do your global employees know something other than “Ni hao!” in Mandarin? Chances are they don’t, and that can hurt your bottom line.” (more)

Sunday, July 13, 2014

How Business Leaders Can Strengthen American Education

U.S. News – Julia Hanna

“Business has long recognized the connection between an effective school system and a qualified workforce—by some estimates, the private sector invests $4 billion annually in efforts intended to improve public education.” (more)

Friday, July 11, 2014

Language Skills Open A World Of Career Opportunity For MBAs

Business Because – Seb Murray

“Learning multiple languages is a clever way to give your CV [Resume] an edge…“Companies are looking to expand and transfer into emerging markets, so graduates with the ability to speak one or more foreign languages are highly valued.”” (more)

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

How Business Leaders Can Strengthen American Education

Forbes – Juliana Hanna

“Business has long recognized the connection between an effective school system and a qualified workforce—by some estimates, the private sector invests $4 billion annually in efforts intended to improve public education. So why isn’t that investment paying off?” (more)

Sunday, July 6, 2014

Business must align with schools to close “skills gap”

The Denver Post – Howard Pankratz

“Poor alignment of American businesses with the schools that train their workers is creating a “skills gap” that may make it hard to fill as many as 650,000 technical- and science-based jobs by 2018.” (more)