[photopress:Classroom.gif,full,alignright]Business leaders in Britain are urging schools to teach Mandarin instead of the usual European languages taught at secondary education level – French, Spanish and German.
According to a report by the Hay Group, these execs think Britain’s ties with China are being held back by limited language skills and a lack of understanding of the Chinese market.
41% of British business leaders said they plan to recruit Chinese MBA graduates and want a module on China to be included in all European MBA courses.
Deborah Allday of the Hay Group said:
We are about to face a war for talent both in China and in domestic markets as companies scramble talented leaders and managers with an understanding of the Chinese market and business culture.
Companies who fund MBA study for employees should demand China modules on all courses. Business executives should start developing Chinese language skills right now.
Source: The Guardian