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New Web Site Highlights Importance of Global Competence

August 11, 2009

The American Council on Education and Coalition for International Education are pleased to announce the launch of www.usglobalcompetence.org. This new Web site highlights the urgent need for international and foreign language education to become part of the core mission of the U.S. education system from K-12 through graduate school. It was created to celebrate the 50th anniversary of HEA-Title VI and Fulbright-Hays with the generous support of the Carnegie Corporation of New York.

Titled “Engaging the World: U.S. Global Competence for the 21st century,” the site demonstrates through videos and highlights of a recent symposium the importance of strengthening U.S. global competence in the 21st century. Whether it’s global engagement abroad or global/cultural understanding at home, our success in this century will depend on it.

The site features two videos and 13 additional brief interviews with Title VI/Fulbright-Hays beneficiaries who are currently employing their knowledge and expertise both at home and abroad. The experts interviewed work in business, diplomacy and international peace, economic and healthcare development, education, and military security, and peacekeeping.  All videos are viewable online and downloadable, and a DVD is available for purchase online at http://store.acenet.edu/showMultipleItems.aspx?category=176.

The site also includes a section on our Global Symposium – Critical Challenges in an Unpredictable World: Implications for U.S. Engagement. This event took place on Capitol Hill in March 2009, and the Web site features downloadable presentations as well as other documentation of the event.

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