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Higher education is one of the world’s leading “exports”

To compete in today’s knowledge-driven economy, college-bound students are increasingly going global in their pursuit of a top-notch degree. Since 2001, the number of students pursuing studies abroad has more than doubled, from 2.1 million to 5.0 million in 2018.

As one result, higher education is fast becoming one of the world’s leading “exports.” Many people may not think of education as an “export,” but when an international student comes to the United States, for example, the monies spent on tuition, fees and living expenses are considered “exports” of education services.

The current world leader in education exports is the United States, whose 7,021 two- and four-year colleges and universities attracted nearly a quarter of the world’s international students in 2018. According to the U.S. International Trade Commission (ITC), revenues from U.S. higher education accounted for about one-fourth of the $903 billion global education services industry in 2011.

Top host destinations for foreign students

International students are the consumers of higher education exports

On the other side of the equation, the world’s leading “consumers” of higher education are China and India, both of whom see enormous benefits in sending hundreds of thousands of their students abroad to take advantage of educational opportunities and to bring that knowledge home.

Chinese students, for example, make up 33 percent of all international students in the United States, according to a 2019 report by the Institute of International Education (IIE), while the share of students from India has also grown dramatically. In 2018, China sent 369,548 students to America, while India sent 202,014. For both groups of students, the most popular fields of study are science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), followed by business and management.

American schools also benefit from the presence of international students, which is one reason why their numbers are rising (although their share of total U.S. college enrollment is still only about five percent). In addition to the cultural and social diversity these students bring, they also pay “full freight” – out-of-state tuition in the case of public universities or sticker price in the case of private schools. At some schools, international students even pay extra. At the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, for example, international students paid a $2,800 surcharge during the 2012-2013 school year.

These well-paying students have been a boon for schools facing rising costs or cash-strapped by cuts in state education budgets. But even elite institutions find these students attractive. For example, according to the ITC, foreign students made up at least 15 percent of the students entering Boston University, Columbia University and the University of Pennsylvania during the 2011-2012 school year and at least 10 percent of students at such flagship state schools as the University of California-Berkeley. Many schools also actively recruit foreign students and even hire “brokers” to find students abroad. The ITC also reports that a growing number of public colleges and universities are forming state-wide consortia, such as “Study New Jersey” and “Study Wisconsin,” to host recruiting fairs and conferences for foreign students.

US Colleges with Greatest Share of Foreign Students 2018

Global competition to provide higher education

American schools, however, are increasingly facing competition from other countries that see the same opportunities. India, for example, recently decided to raise by 10,000 the number of foreign students admitted to its engineering schools as a way to improve the prestige of its national universities. As a result, the U.S. share of the international student market is slipping. While the number of international students going to America continues to climb, its overall share of these students in 2016 was three percent lower than it was in 2001.

While the dominance of U.S. higher education will likely continue for quite some time, competition for the world’s “best and brightest” will only get more fierce.

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This article was updated as of November 20, 2019.

Anne Kim

 

Anne Kim is a contributing editor to Washington Monthly and the author of Abandoned: America’s Lost Youth and the Crisis of Disconnection, forthcoming in 2020 from the New Press. Her writings on economic opportunity, social policy, and higher education have appeared in numerous national outlets, including the Washington Monthly, the Washington Post, Governing and Atlantic.com, among others. She is a veteran of the think tanks the Progressive Policy Institute and Third Way as well as of Capitol Hill, where she worked for Rep. Jim Cooper (D-TN). Anne has a law degree from Duke University and a bachelor’s in journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia.

This article originally appeared on TradeVistas.org. Republished with permission.

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Why Sending Your Workers ‘Back to School’ is Good Business

Learning shouldn’t stop when someone earns a diploma or degree, and that’s especially true in the workplace where the company’s fate – and an employee’s career – could rest on the constant thirst to learn and improve.

“Developing a culture of continued education and continuous improvement is critical if you want to retain your staff and provide them with advancement opportunities,” says Shawn Burcham (www.shawnburcham.com), founder and CEO of PFSbrands and author of Keeping Score with GRITT: Straight Talk Strategies for Success.

Essentially, Burcham says, sending employees “back to school” is good business, but that doesn’t mean you need to enroll them in Harvard’s MBA program.

“There’s plenty you can do right within your own doors and that employees can do on their own,” he says.

A few examples, Burcham says, include:

Establish in-house training programs. “Many companies spend thousands of dollars to send their employees to seminars or conferences,” Burcham says. “This strategy is fine, but personal growth starts by training in the workplace.” One example at PFSbrands, he says, was the creation of a Financial Literacy Committee that worked to make sure employees were educated about the financial aspects of the company, helping them to understand income statements and balance sheets. “This makes everyone more aware of the challenges involved with achieving profitability,” Burcham says. “Furthermore, this education provides everyone an opportunity to see how they can impact the company’s profitability and enhance their opportunity for additional income.”

Encourage everyone to read books for personal development. “One of my biggest regrets and mistakes in life is that I didn’t start reading books until age 40,” Burcham says. Now, he has created a book club at his company to encourage and incentivize everyone to continue to grow and learn, and he requires the senior-leadership team to read a minimum of 12 books a year. “I’ve seen dozens of people improve their lives as a result of implementing our book club,” he says.

Target lifelong learners in recruiting efforts. You can encourage employees to develop a continuous-improvement mindset, but it’s also possible to find people with that mindset in the hiring process, Burcham says. “We’ve found that lifelong learners are a great fit at PFSbrands, so we’ve developed systems and processes that help us to recruit these types of individuals,” he says. “Employees who don’t make an effort to continuously learn and improve will ultimately find themselves at another company. We train our leaders to not avoid the critical conversations with individuals who are not working toward improvement.”

“Despite how many degrees hang on the walls in their offices, wise leaders are committed to never stop learning,” Burcham says. “Whether it’s done in-house or at an industry conference, you owe it to yourself and your employees to engage in continued education. After all, a successful company’s growth is dependent on the capabilities of its employees.”

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Shawn Burcham (www.shawnburcham.com), author of Keeping Score with GRITT: Straight Talk Strategies for Success, is the founder & CEO of PFSbrands, which he and his wife, Julie, started out of their home in 1998. The company has over 1,500 branded foodservice locations across 40 states and is best known for their Champs Chicken franchise brand which was started in 1999. Prior to starting PFSbrands, Burcham spent five years with a Fortune 100 company, Mid-America Dairymen (now Dairy Farmers of America). He also worked for three years as a Regional Sales Manager for a midwest Chester’s Fried chicken distributor.

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QS RANKS THE TOP 10 GLOBAL MBA PROGRAMS

QS is a mid-size company with 250 multi-cultural employees. With offices in London, Paris, Bucharest, Stuttgart, Mumbai and Singapore, QS boasts of a staff that speaks 26 different languages—and that’s just in the marketing department.

Such diversity is required when your company’s mission is to link high achievers from the graduate, MBA and executive communities around the world with employers, leading business schools and postgraduate departments at universities.

QS organizes the largest business education events in the world (the QS World MBA Tour, the QS World Executive MBA Tour and the leading postgraduate studies information event, the QS World Grad School Tour) and produces an extensive product range that includes print and online publications and software solutions.

Another thing the company produces are surveys, including its QS Global MBA Rankings 2019 that can be accessed via TopUniversities.com. Included are the top 250 programs around the planet. What follows are the top 10 with their ranks, program durations, average Graduate Management Admissions Test scores, fees in U.S. dollars and brief overviews.

1. STANFORD UNIVERSITY

Palo Alto, California.

Duration: 24 months

GMAT: 732

Fee: $110,000-$120,000

The prestigious private research university is currently overtaking its Ivy League rivals in the selectivity stakes. Its Graduate School of Business (GSB), founded in 1925, is the toughest to get into in the nation, with only a 7.1 percent acceptance rate. The GSB’s distinguished faculty includes three Nobel Prize winners, two John Bates Clark Award winners and 15 members of the American Academy of the Arts and Sciences.

2. HARVARD UNIVERSITY

Boston, Massachusetts

Duration: 24 months

GMAT: 730

Fee: $120,000

Harvard Business School (HBS), the Ivy League stalwart’s graduate business school, occupies four buildings directly opposite Harvard Stadium and across the Charles River from Harvard University. The HBS offers a full-time, two-year, residential MBA program designed to prepare students for global leadership roles. But is it worth $120k? Well, a graduate’s average salary three months after leaving the program is $137,293. 

3. PENN (WHARTON)

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Duration: 21 months

GMAT: 732

Fee: $120,000

The full-time, 20-month MBA at The Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania includes a recommended 3.5-month summer internship. Such a commitment is necessary given the requirement for a major concentration of 4.0 credits, with a choice from 19 majors, plus 5.5 electives in addition to the core curriculum. A semester of study at the San Francisco campus is available by application.

4. LONDON SCHOOL OF BUSINESS

London, England

Duration: 21 months

GMAT: 707

Fee: $100,000-$110,000

“To have a profound impact on the way the world does business” is the LBS motto, which is drilled into students by a faculty composed of 130 world-leading, internationally diverse (30 nationalities) experts. With 75 percent of the world’s top 500 companies based in London and 1,000 start-ups launched per month in the city, students have access to excellent networking and employment opportunities.

5. MIT (SLOAN)

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Duration: 24 months

GMAT: 728

Fee: $120,000

The flagship MIT Sloan School of Management full-time MBA program is to be completed over two years, while an immersive, one-year, full-time Sloan Fellows MBA program is also available. The latter is a transformational course for mid-career executives from more than 20 nationalities, designed to help students build a global network of colleagues from for-profit and non-profit multinational organizations, entrepreneurial endeavors and governing bodies.

6. INSEAD

Fontainebleau, Singapore

Duration: 10 months

GMAT: 710

Fee: $90,000-$100,000

INSEAD’s accelerated, 10-month MBA program aims to develop successful, thoughtful leaders and entrepreneurs who create value for their organizations and their communities. Conducted on two campuses (one in Europe, the other in Asia), the program draws more than 90 different nationalities to classrooms, an unprecedented multicultural experience among business schools.

7. HEC PARIS

Jouy-en-Josas, France

Duration: 16 months

GMAT: 691

Fee: $60,000-$70,000

HEC Paris MBA is conducted on a 340-acre, wooded campus with its own chateau, just 17 kilometers from the center of Paris. If that’s not enough to have a potential student say “oui-oui,” there’s the fact that HEC Paris is situated in the Paris-Saclay Innovation Cluster, which is designed to unite France’s best research institutions, hi-tech businesses, startups and universities.

8. UNIVERSITY OF CHICAGO (BOOTH)

Chicago, Illinois

Duration: 21 months

GMAT: 731

Fee: $120,000

The “Chicago Booth Culture” promises to take students deeper into issues, broaden their perspectives and force them to question assumptions—including their own. “Instead of accepting the status quo, you’ll pursue the best thinking,” boast Booth School of Business recruiters. “You’ll develop the necessary skills to successfully take on any business challenge and the opportunities they generate.”

9. IE BUSINESS SCHOOL

Madrid, Spain

Duration: 12 months

GMAT: 685

Fee: $80,000-$90,000

The institution’s full-time, flagship International MBA program is described as a “transformational journey” that “shapes professionals and entrepreneurs, turning them into leaders that generate impact and drive change around the world.” An integrative and innovative approach to business education combines core business knowledge with customizable labs plus an elective period with 10 concentration areas in a full-time, one-year format.

10. COLUMBIA BUSINESS SCHOOL

New York, New York

Duration: 24 months

GMAT: 732

Fee: $120,000

The CBS MBA program’s curriculum prepares students to lead, build and manage companies while instilling an awareness of the societal effects of business decisions. “Students benefit from the transformative research and extensive, behind-the-scenes industry knowledge from the faculty leading the course,” according to CBS. “They also benefit from the cultural, ethnic, and sector diversity of fellow students in their learning team, or cluster group, which they join and learn with throughout the program.”

For rankings of the 240 schools and their respective program details, visit www.topmba.com/college/columbia-business-school/full-time-mba.

Deutsche Post DHL Group & Enseña por Colombia Announce Teach for All Partnership

The global Teach for All network is seeing added efforts in improving access to education following DPDHL’s latest announcement confirming a new partnership agreement with Enseña por Columbia. Through this partnership, the Teach for All network is broadened to support partner organizations throughout the world. This ultimately reaches more young people for skills development and employability improvements, specifically for young persons with a less advantageous background or situation.

“I am delighted to use my experience as HR Director of a global company to enable children to get a good education, regardless of social background. Education creates future,” says Thomas Ogilvie, Board Member for Human Resources at Deutsche Post DHL Group.

“I was lucky and able to complete my studies and ultimately my doctorate under very good conditions. Access to a good education is the right of every child, and the basis for social development, political stability and economic prosperity. As a member of the Teach For All Board, it is particularly important to me that the idea behind Teach For All spreads even further,” Ogilvie concluded.

DPDHL’s already boasts a robust network of partners in which they support, including Argentina, Bangladesh, Chile, Ecuador, Germany, India, Lebanon, Malaysia, Peru, the Philippines, Spain and the UK. Columbia is the fifth country to be added to DPDHL’s partner network in 2019. Armenia, Mexico, Paraguay and Uruguay were accounted for earlier this year.

Since 2010, DPDHL’s has been adamant in its efforts to support the vision of Teach for All through funding while utilizing employee knowledge for mentoring and training. In 2018, more than 7,200 children and young people were impacted by internships and other career opportunities in over 300 activities.

“We are delighted that Deutsche Post DHL Group is further expanding its involvement in the Teach For All network. The Group is an important strategic partner in our efforts to improve employability for young people,” Wendy Kopp, CEO and co-founder of Teach For All said.

Source: DHL Group

Beyond the Books: 5 Business Schools Preparing Students for Career Success

It’s no secret logistics and supply chain management-focused education is gaining traction each year among students. In fact, Data USA reports that in 2016, nearly 7,669 degrees were awarded in Logistics, Materials and Supply Chain Management. The report, which projects that number will be growing by 15.2 percent, also confirmed that a whopping 10.9 million people make up the current workforce and will continue growing by 3.53 percent.


Earning a robust education is essential, but a bigger question remains on the minds of leaders in the industry: How are students being prepared to enter the workforce and more importantly, which business schools are integrating talent acquisition and recruiting strategies within these focused programs?

Among the most debated and challenging topics discussed among today’s supply chain leaders is talent acquisition and retention It goes without saying this challenge is not industry biased. Global Trade compared and took a deeper look at the nation’s competing business schools that not only prepare students for the big world of logistics, but how to navigate it for career success. While some programs tackle the issue at a larger scale, others take a niche-like approach, focusing on a specific demographic for a bigger impact on a global level.

University of Tennessee-Knoxville’s Haslam College of Business NeXxus Program

Talent acquisition is more recently experiencing a new trend in the talent pool: female representation. Women continue to make their marks in the supply chain and logistics industries, with more assuming leadership positions than ever before. Such companies as DSC Logistics, Lynn Co. Supply Chain Solutions and Dachser Logistics are among major industry players with females leading initiatives and representing diversity in the workforce. Dachser, for example, recently reported that females make up 56 percent of their total workforce.

The NeXxus Program at the Haslam College of Business places the female student population at the top of its list with a focused networking pool that fosters diversity and opportunity both in the school and workforce. NeXxus focuses on five key areas specifically for developing its female students: Networking, Mentoring, Confidence Building,  Community Development and Talent Attraction. The program combines the elements of workshops, guest speakers, social events and meetings to support development. Additionally, the annual NeXxus Summit aims to educate female high school students on company opportunities through networking with leading industry professionals.

Rutgers Business School’s Supply Chain Education Partnership Program

The Supply Chain Education Partnership Program at Rutgers reiterates the importance of educating young, prospective talent at an early age. The program, which was specifically designed with high school students in mind, ties in real-world experiences to spotlight how the industry impacts almost every aspect of the business world. Fostering the idea of “nurturing talent in our own backyard,” the week-long program challenges students to develop innovative solutions and strategic planning.

Students—who are addressed by professors and industry leaders speaking on global  procurement, logistics, transportation, planning and fulfillment and more—are encouraged to demonstrate strategic thinking via team exercises that require them to apply fresh knowledge of the industry to solve. The program also includes an entire day dedicated to exploring a company on site. Career management specialists are also prepared to educate prospective Rutgers students on what it takes in the real world to stand out.

Syracuse University Martin J. Whitman School of Management’s Goodman IMPRESS program

Established in 1919, the Martin J. Whitman School of Management offers a competitive and unique program that separates itself through polishing students for career excellence and developing essential soft skills. The Goodman IMPRESS program aims to align student’s skills with what leading companies consider to be the most competitive, including agility, resilience and confidence. Through this approach, students are prepared to engage in the competitive market while understanding the generational impact on a variety of industries.


Students are challenged to participate in activities throughout the program to earn points that will eventually be visible to prospective employers. This points system consists of leadership workshops, roundtables with visiting speakers, bonding exercises, competitions, community engagement and certifications. A cumulative IMPRESS score is placed next to the student GPA on student resumes, adding more value to the student when competing for jobs.

University of North Texas G. Brint Ryan College of Business Logistics Student Onboarding Program

Known for its world-class faculty, UNT paves the way for student success beyond the books through its Logistics Student Onboarding Program at the request of Logistics Center Board of Directors members. The program is going on its sixth year addressing topics ranging from dressing for success and communication skills to generation gaps and analyses presentations. Companies like GIX Logistics bring their top leaders in to engage students through in-depth sessions focusing on company culture, interview tips, negotiating job offers and more.

Students are incentivized with a Logistics Onboarding certificate upon completing attendance to four sessions, adding more value and knowledge to their resumes. Mentoring is also provided for both formal and informal career-focused decisions to ensure students have a clear understanding of how to determine the most successful career path.

Ohio State University Fisher College of Business Pathways for Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Program

Female representation takes the spotlight once again through the Pathways for Women’s Excellence in Supply Chain Program. Aiming to prepare and introduce female undergraduates to leading roles within the supply-chain sector, the program is part scholarship, part experiential engagement exercise as students receive top-notch mentoring from leading executives while bridging the gap of gender diversity at the C-suite level.

By addressing the gender differences at the executive level, the Pathways Program contributes to the overall talent gap. This unique strategy takes the issue of talent recruitment on a larger scale through equipping the female student population to take their career to the next level without limitations.

US manufactures are concerned about finding qualified personnel to make products that end up as shipments of export cargo and import cargo in international trade.

Education Strategy Implemented to Address Talent Gap

While some industry players are stumped on how to recruit and retain young talent, CNC Machinery takes an educational approach by asking scholarship applicants to explain three innovative ways manufacturing companies can increase the number of young professionals seeking careers in the field in an essay.

“A shortage of skilled labor is probably the manufacturing industry’s greatest challenge. The CNC Machines scholarship and accompanying school donation is our way of encouraging students to enter the industry and supporting the schools educating them,” said Curt Doherty, founder, and CEO, CNCMachines.net.

Cal Poly Pomona Manufacturing Engineering student Pauline Tasci took the top spot for this year’s Manufacturing Scholarship. CNC Machines also threw in a $500 donation to the school’s engineering department.

“If we can support impressive students like Pauline in entering the manufacturing field, then the future of manufacturing is bright,” said Doherty. “We received dozens of applications with amazing and creative ideas yet interestingly, one theme was consistent: early education is key to addressing the manufacturing career gap. We believe this is an area that presents manufacturers with a unique opportunity to invest in programs in high schools that give students more exposure to the field.”

With an impressive nine-year history of engineering competitions as well as the leading role as a manufacturing and design mentor throughout high school, it goes without saying people with the talent and passion for the industry, like Pauline, are out there. It’s all a matter of drawing them in and most importantly, keeping them.

“If more and more companies invest in manufacturing education, I truly believe that together we can reverse the manufacturing employment and skills gap and instead see a reinvigorated future for the manufacturing industry,” added Doherty. “At CNCMachines.net, we will continue to support schools and students to reach that goal and encourage our fellow manufacturers to help in their own way.”

Source: EIN Presswire 

South Carolina Ports Authority Awards Largest Donation To-Date

Charleston Waterkeeper, Greenville Tech Foundation, Kids on Point, Lowcountry Maritime Society,  and SC Future Makers are a few of the recipients of the 2018 donation from South Carolina Ports Authority. This year’s donation is the largest monetary amount to-date, totaling $106,000 and impacts over 40,000 students, according to the release this week.

“SCPA takes great pride in its Community Giving Program and the relationships we have formed with organizations that support critical programs and initiatives across the state,” said Jim Newsome, SCPA president and CEO. “As the Port continues to grow as an economic development engine for the state of South Carolina, so do our efforts to partner with charitable organizations.”

The donation is received by 54 charitable organizations through the annual Community Giving Program which impacts areas primarily involved with SCPA activity rooted in efforts to  support initiatives towards commerce, economic development, environmental awareness and community outreach.

Each year, the grant produces a outcome surveys from recipients that qualify them for the following cycle’s giving funds. Benefits of the donation include skills training to over 766 people, a total of 12,173 people receiving meals through hunger-relief programs in addition to over 54,000 people receiving education on environmental sustainability tactics.

To learn more about the South Carolina Ports Authority’s efforts to positively impact students, visit: South Carolina Ports Authority.

Source: SCPA

Calling all Engineers! Registration Closing Soon for DesignCon

The 24th Annual DesignCon Conference, scheduled for January 29-31 at the Santa Clara Convention Center,  is closing its registration soon. The nation’s largest educational conference for chip, board and systems design engineers will feature over 100 sessions from the industry’s top 99 engineers and leaders who carefully review and approve each speaker submission.

“Every year DesignCon puts together an unmatched educational conference that is tailored specifically to the interests of our community of engineers,” said Suzanne Deffree, Brand Director, Intelligent Systems and Design, UBM. “We are excited to provide an event that speaks to the fundamental trends and future innovations across electrical engineering, and features presentations from some of the brightest minds in the industry.”

Additionally, attendees are given the opportunity to earn accreditation from the The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE) and receiving an official IEEE certificate based on the hours invested during the conference.

This year’s event will feature four primary formats inclusive of:

Three all-day training boot camps for hardware design engineers with topics covering  the art of signal integrity analysis, machine learning, and artificial intelligence for hardware and electronics design.

Panel discussions analyzing 112 Gbps package challenges, PCI Express ecosystem planning for 32 GT/s, and optimizing 400-GbE signal intergrity.

Three-hour tutorial sessions focusing on design and verification for high-speed I/Os and lowering the barrier to entry for electronic and photonic ICs.

Over 80 Technical Sessions with feature presentations and research on issues such as Using Multiple Huygens Boxes to Detect & Quantify the Coupling Path from Noise Source to Victim.

Amazon Lab 126, AMD, ANSYS, Broadcom, Cadence, Cisco, Google, Huawei, IBM, Intel, Keysight Technologies, Mentor, Molex, Raytheon, Samsung, Samtec, Siemens, Synopsys, TE Connectivity, Tektronix, and Xilinx are some of the leading companies that will share key insights and industry knowledge during the event.

Don’t miss the industry event of the year, register HERE.

Source: Globe Newswire