BALTIMORE, Md.--(COLLEGIATE PRESSWIRE)--April 9, 2007--There are now even
more reasons for college students to consider studying abroad. A new survey
of global human resource executives released today affirmed the value of a
study abroad experience in the hiring process. Nearly three in four (73%)
cited study abroad as important when evaluating the resumé of a job
candidate for a junior-level position.
Furthermore, the study, conducted by Global HR News and commissioned by The
Scholar Ship, showed that eight in 10 of the HR executives surveyed believed
that a study abroad experience was an important factor for overseas job
placement within their companies.
"As the world grows 'flatter,' the value of an
international approach to higher education cannot be overstated," said Dr.
Joseph Olander, president of The Scholar Ship, the first oceangoing study
abroad program designed specifically for a multi-national student body and
faculty. "The HR executives confirmed what we have sensed in today's
international business environment."
Other findings of the study:
* "Cultural awareness/sensitivity/tolerance" and an
"international perspective" topped the list of the attributes valued by HR
executives among prospective employees with study abroad experience.
* "Worldliness/sophistication" was least valued
among the choices offered that included "fluency in a language,"
"problem-solving skills," and "independence."
* Two-thirds (67%) of HR executives surveyed said
that a study abroad experience within a culturally diverse student
environment distinguishes a job candidate from others studying only with
students from their own country.
* Eight in 10 (80%) HR executives believed that an
international education experience is important in distinguishing a
candidate for overseas job placement.
Global HR News,
a trade publication that covers corporate human resources policy development
and its implementation, conducted the online survey in February 2007. Two
thirds (67%) of those surveyed worked in multi-national companies either
headquartered or having a presence in the U.S.
The Scholar Ship
is a semester-long academic program aboard a dedicated passenger ship that
traverses the globe as an oceangoing campus. It was designed for students
from around the world to develop their intercultural competence and
leadership skills. Supported by seven international universities, The
Scholar Ship will make its maiden voyage in September 2007 from Athens.
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Flatiron Communications for The Scholar Ship