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Since 1999 ISP has seen increased participation on our programs by the millennial generation, who are estimated to comprise over 75% of the workforce by 2025. Much has already been written about the tech-savvy, digitally connected, socially oriented and progressive millennials – but how, specifically, have millennials educated and inspired ISP?

An ongoing challenge that ISP has faced is how to tailor and adapt our study programs to accommodate the growing and evolving demand for diversity by this generation. According to a recent essay by Deloitte, generation X-ers and baby boomers tend to frame diversity in terms of demographics and equal opportunities. Millennials, on the other hand, have moved to much more nuanced understanding of diversity that extends beyond a culturally centered definition: diversity also encompasses individuals’ unique experiences, identities, ideas and opinions. In other words, millennials are not only concerned with cultural diversity, but how cultural diversity can be utilized for the cognitive diversity of thoughts, ideas and philosophies.

Millennial definitions of diversity have a tone of possibility – with differences in background, experiences, and style, a team is more likely to create innovative and groundbreaking products and services.

Keeping ahead of the changing landscape of business education, our study programs are evolving to meet growing demands for cultural and cognitive diversity, while broadening horizons through active learning and participation. We put students in touch with local life through authentic and interactive cultural events, such as bike tours, scavenger hunts and cooking classes. Our academic events – ranging from consulting projects to entrepreneurial labs, case studies to panel discussions – fosters cognitive diversity by bringing a variety of cultures and perspectives together to solve business problems within a multicultural environment. With our increasing portfolio of countries, speakers and activities, ISP gives students a taste of what it is like to live and do business in the real, globalized world.

 

Sources:

  1. Deloitte University Leadership Center for Inclusion: “The Radical Transformation of Diversity and Inclusion: The Millennial Influence”
  2. https://www2.deloitte.com/content/dam/Deloitte/us/Documents/about-deloitte/us-inclus-millennial-influence-051115.pdf
  3. “Millennials Have a Different Definition of Diversity and Inclusion” http://www.fastcompany.com/3046358/the-new-rules-of-work/millennials-have-a-different-definition-of-diversity-and-inclusion

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