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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)

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

Class Notes: Businesses step up to help with STEM education

Iohud – Mareesa Nicosia

“Schools have emptied for summer vacation, but Tuesday is the official start to the 2014-15 school year. Before you know it, we’ll be deep into another budget planning season.” (more)

Saturday, June 28, 2014

Language Skills Open A World Of Career Opportunity For MBAs

Business Because – Sed Murray

“Learning multiple languages is a clever way to give your CV an edge. Bilingual qualities are prized among MBA recruiters, and many students become fluent in their business school’s native language.” (more)

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

Speak Chinese to succeed in the new business world, says survey

Global Trader – Staff Writer

“Chinese Mandarin is catching up with French, German and Spanish as British businesses seek to harness language skills to succeed in the emerging markets of the world. In the annual CBI/Pearson Education and Skills Survey 2014…nearly two-thirds of firms (65%) identified a need for foreign language skills, which is likely to increase as ambitious firms look to break into new fast-growing markets.” (more)

Sunday, June 22, 2014

Foreign languages ‘shortfall’ for business, CBI says

BBC – Judith Burns

“The UK’s education system is failing to produce enough people with foreign-language skills to meet a growing need from business, the CBI has said.” (more)