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Jan 09, 2013 05:10 AM EST

DOE Launches Program To Expand Global Knowledge of Students

In an attempt to help students succeed better on the professional front, the US Department of Education will tie up with other countries to gain global views on varied subjects and topics through its 'Succeeding Globally through International Education and Engagement' program.

Through this program the department aims to improve its education system and its foreign relations as well.

This program is applicable for students from kindergarten through college.

"Our interconnected world stage requires us to look outwards as we work to develop globally competent students who can compete for good jobs, work to address global challenges like climate change and health epidemics, as well as support our national security and diplomacy," Maureen McLaughlin, senior adviser to the secretary of education and DOE director of international affairs told University World News.

This strategy, which expires December 2016, will encourage students to take up subjects such as arts, civics, geography and history and enhance their foreign language skills to gain different points of view on world issues.

As a result, students can easily compete with their peers around the world and become capable of discussing global issues such as natural disasters, climate change and acquire the ability to communicate and work with foreigners.

"For the United States to be a really active and vital participant, we must have students who are prepared to interact with people from all over the world," Patti Peterson, American Council of Education (ACE) presidential adviser on internationalization and global engagement, told the website.

Peterson also said that these days companies are looking out for students with fluid and adaptable qualities.

There is already a collaboration with China to increase the number of Chinese and American students in each other's countries through its '100,000 Strong Initiative' program.

"I am convinced that education leaders can better boost student learning by working together and sharing best practices, than by working alone," Arne Duncan, DOE secretary of education, told the website.

Earlier, courses on foreign countries' languages, culture and political ideologies were eliminated in many universities due to budget cuts.

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