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Nebraska Department of Education. G oing G lobal. Bringing the World. to Nebraska Businesses. International Education empowers people to interact in the global community. What is International Education?. – Nebraska Council of International Education. Globalization.

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Bringing the World

toNebraska Businesses

International Education empowers people to interact in the global community.

What is International Education?

– Nebraska Council of International Education



is rapidly driving demand for an internationally competent work force.

We will need tothink beyond our borders to:





Why Does It Matter?


. . . the necessary cultural understanding, technical skills, and linguistic knowledge of the global community to work effectively with businesses around the world.


Nebraska exporterssell to about 180 countriesworldwide each year.

– NE Department of Economic Development


Nebraska’s exports totaled over$3.6 billion in 2006, representing a 20.7% increase over 2005.

– NE Department of Economic Development

Name the Fortune 500 Companies in Nebraska
  • Berkshire Hathaway
  • Union Pacific
  • ConAgra Foods
  • Peter Kiewit Sons
  • Mutual of Omaha
Name the Fortune 1000Companies in Nebraska
  • Ameritrade
  • Cabela's
  • West
  • Werner Enterprises
  • Valmont Industries
Our economies and currencies are tied to one another

Environmental and health issues reverberate around the world in seconds

Technology is an accelerator of this increasing interconnectedness

Migration and immigration are creating more culturally and linguistically diverse societies

Our LivesAre Going Global

Which of the following is not true about the French?

a) Punctuality is treated very casually

b) Frequently interrupt each other

c) Avoid drinking hard liquor before meals

d) Men take off their jackets in the office

Do You Know?

d) Men take off their jackets in the office

How many time zones does China have?

a) One

b) Two

c) Three

d) Five

Do You Know?

a) One

In Italy, which gesture may be considered vulgar and offensive?

a) Quick downward nod

b) Hand clap

c) Thumbs up

d) Broad smile

Do You Know?

c) Thumbs up

In Brazil, what percent of the population is under 20 years of age?

a) Almost 25%

b) Almost 33%

c) Almost 40%

d) Almost 50%

Do You Know?

d) Almost 50%

In India, what should you not do at the end of a meal?

a) Thank your host

b) Fold your napkin

c) Remove your jacket

d) Tell a joke

Do You Know?

a) Thank your host

What would be an appropriate gift in Japan?

a) Set of 4 porcelain saki cups

b) Book

c) Engraved letter opener

d) Food or liquor

Do You Know?

d) Food or liquor

Which gift is harmless in Britain, but a symbol of death in China?

a) Jewelry

b) Clock

c) Silver trophy

d) Pet cat

Do You Know?

b) Clock

In which country would a gift not be expected at a business meeting?

a) Russia

b) China

c) Pakistan

d) Bolivia

Do You Know?

c) Pakistan

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How Did You Do?

Global genius

Global competency

On the bubble

Hire a guide

Travel at own risk

We now live and work in a far different world than the

one that the previous generation encountered.


In the United States, most people will likely enter the workforce without the knowledge and skillsto engage in the worldeffectively and responsibly.

Knowledge and understanding of world regions, cultures, and global issues

Attitudes of respect and concern for people and their cultures

Skills to communicate and participatein diverse world cultures

Preparing fora Diverse World . . .

Necessary Skillsfor the Workforce:
  • Be sensitive to various world cultures
  • Be fluent in world languages
  • Understand international trade
  • Demonstrate global technologies
  • Work in international teams
Jobs Will Encompass:
  • Selling to other countries
  • Buying from other countries
  • Working for international companies
  • Managing employees from other cultures and countries
Succeeding in an InternationalBusiness Environment
  • DevelopingGlobal Intelligence

Successfully navigating through the complexities of international relationship-building

Succeeding in an InternationalBusiness Environment

Improving cultural awareness helps build international competencies and enables individuals to become more globally sensitive.

Know Before You Go. . .
  • What is the business structure?
      • Size of company
      • Relationships between companies
      • Decision-making hierarchy
Know Before You Go. . .
  • What is the management style?
      • Relationships
      • Ethics
      • Hierarchy
      • Teamwork
Know Before You Go. . .
  • What is the communication style?
      • Language knowledge & understanding
      • Interpreter services
      • Cultural understanding
      • Dangers of misunderstanding
      • Consequences of miscommunication
Know Before You Go. . .
  • What is appropriate etiquette?
      • Greetings
      • Dress code
      • Gift giving
      • Business cards
      • Dining/Entertaining

World Business


Intl Business

NDE International