International Strategy

Succeeding Globally Through International Education and Engagement outlines the U.S. Department of Education’s International Strategy for 2012-16 and affirms the Department’s commitment to preparing today’s youth, and our country more broadly, for a globalized world, and to engaging with the international community to improve education.

Succeeding Globally Through International Education and Engagement: the U.S. Department of Education’s International Strategy for 2012-16 (PDF, 1.15MB)

This figure shows three objectives that will advance the Department's strategic goals (strengthen U.S. Education, advance U.S. international priorities). The objectives are supported by integrated and coordinated activities under taken by the Department and other government agencies.

1. Increase global competencies 2. Learn from other countries 3. Engage in education diplomacy

Click on Objectives 1-3 above to learn more!

Why an international focus?

  1. Economic competitiveness & jobs. Students today will compete for jobs with peers around the world.  Transglobal businesses face difficulties in hiring employees with the requisite global skills.
  2. National security & diplomacy. Foreign language skills and area expertise are essential for diplomacy, national defense, intelligence, homeland security and law enforcement.
  3. Global challenges. Students will need to have substantive knowledge and understanding to address issues that cut across borders, like the spread of disease and financial crises.
  4. A diverse U.S. society. The United States is a multicultural society.  It is essential that we communicate and work with others with different cultural traditions and perspectives.

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