2014 U.S. Business Needs for Employees with International Experience
The study conducted by two researchers with Centers for International Business Education and Research found that almost 40% of U.S. companies surveyed missed international business opportunities because of a lack of internationally competent personnel. Given that 95% of consumers live outside of the United States, the authors articulate why it is important for students to gain international experience.

With those numbers in mind, the National Academy of Engineering states that a core need for engineers is to be able to work with a diverse, multinational, multidisciplinary workforce. So our mission is to create and implement opportunities for our students to develop the skills to become global citizens, global engineers and global leaders. One way for student to develop their global competency skills is to participate in study abroad. Currently we have over 40 programs in more than 20 countries. Those programs range from 1 week abroad to semester long abroad. During the last academic year over 700 engineering student studied abroad. The goal is to get to 2,000 students studying abroad each year. Besides the study abroad programs, we also have global courses and workshops on campus.