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The World Affairs Council of Northwest Ohio is a non-profit, non-partisan organization promoting awareness and engagement of world affairs in Northwest Ohio.

Serving The Greater Toledo area and surrounding areas!

The World Affairs Council Of Northwest Ohio

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Why We Need Global Competency


"Think about how much smaller the world has become in our lifetime. Not physically smaller, but interconnected, available, and accelerated.  Think about the future--what jobs won't have been replaced by automation or AI in 10, 20, 30 years?

Are our kids going to be able to compete in that world?  According to the World Economic Forum, as many as 8 out of 10 jobs that our youngsters will fill one day, don't exist yet.

But one thing we do know--those who are globally competent will have a much better chance at success in careers and college.

In order to strive and thrive in this new globalized world, students need to have the knowledge, skills, and disposition to navigate such a landscape.  They must recognize diverse perspectives and appreciate cultural differences. They need to be able to understand and take action on global issues.

According to a report by Global Savvy, 60% of recent graduates think that they would be better employees if they had a stronger understanding of world cultures, while only 12% say they received instruction to help them understand the roots of global issues.  Global competence education will make a difference."

 

--Bill Hilt, President WAC-NWO

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