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Samtec’s website,

www.samtec.com,

that notes “global manufacturing

and sales locations allow redundant

manufacturing, component

sourcing, molding, stamping, and

assembly in both hemispheres. This

manufacturing location strategy

optimizes cost and delivery.” Ouyang

does not feel that it is necessary that

all businesses have an international

reach but feels “a business plan that

isn’t able to transcend these various

international barriers limits itself

in the international stage. Good

businesses need sound business

plans, and those that compete in

the international stage need a much

broader skill set that translates well

and relevantly across cultures while

giving a ‘local feel’ to the point of sale.”

With a global outreach becoming

more common in businesses and

education, Dr. Abshire feels that for

students to thrive and advance in the

business world and today’s market,

they must seek out education that

includes a knowledge in international

diversity in whatever major they are

studying. “It is important to their

success and own marketability.”

In business surveys asking what

traits and skills employers seek, one

skill that is quickly moving to the

top is education in global diversity.

“What employers are looking for

is an ability to work effectively in a

multicultural environment and today

“multicultural” means global. The

way to do that effectively is through

experiencing things from another

culture’s perspective.” To further

illustrate the importance of having

a globally diverse knowledge base,

Abshire gives the example of

Hillbilly

Tea

, a local independently owned

restaurant in downtown Louisville,

which recently opened up a second

location in Shanghai. “It doesn’t get

more global than that.”

Globalization, as Dr. Abshire defines

it, is “a universal force. It involves

an increasing integration of people

and economies through enhanced

communications and greater

technology making a much more

interconnected world. Knowing about

and understanding [globalization]

and how the dynamics come about, as

well as the implications, can be really

important for working and living in

such a globally diverse world.” The

force of this change to globalization

is a strong reason it is important for

students of all majors to seek out a

diverse education that incorporates

international subjects. The right

balance of education gives students

the fortitude necessary to function in

the global market as an asset. Students

obtaining a degree in International

Studies are not the only students who

have the responsibility of gaining

a culturally diverse education. It is

the responsibility of every student to

obtain this knowledge in order to be

a driving force in what has become a

world-wide social norm.

The force of

this change to

globalization

is a strong

reason it is

important

for students

of all majors

to seek out

a diverse

education that

incorporates

international

subjects.