Propelled by digital tools, the 21st century has seen an unprecedented exchange of information and ideas across borders. As global English skills improve and the costs of travel and communication decline, that exchange will only speed up.
Today, scientists and engineers simply cannot afford to miss out on global innovation because of language barriers, and it is not just them who need to access new ideas. In every field, professionals need to stay abreast of international best practices. For companies, too, a culture of English proficiency makes it possible to tap pools of talent and expertise that, just a few years ago, would have been out of reach.
Reflecting these trends, the latest edition of the EPI, English Proficiency Index, have found a high correlation between English proficiency and the Global Talent Competitiveness Index, a report that assesses a country’s ability to attract, develop, and retain skilled workers.