The UN celebrated its first International Day of Education on Jan. 24, 2019. The United Nations General Assembly adopted the day to celebrate education’s role in peace and development. As AMO believes education is a human right, CEO Kyle Swinsky reflected on the significance of education as a global purpose—rather than only an international or local endeavor in a post for Midwest Startups.

AMO has brought more than 2,400 international medical students and graduates to the United States for training in healthcare, which has helped to change lives and launch careers as a result of access to education. Yet the transference of education is not one way from the U.S. physician to the international medical student. In fact, hosts and physicians learn equally as much from the visitors. The relationship illustrates bilateral education, also known as acculturation. For inclusive, equitable and quality education, Swinsky suggests, the purpose of education must be global as “education is not local.”

Within the healthcare field, specifically short-term training, the major market drivers for higher education demonstrate the changes in global consumer demand. The main macro-driver has shifted to short-term international STEM training. In other words, students are looking for training programs that are not only affordable, but time-efficient and career advancing. Now more than ever, students are interested in value, and that value has come by way of education that provides a meaningful return on investment—even if it’s short-term.

Nonetheless, with the micro-driver being international medical graduates needing top-tier training, AMO has capitalized on not only the need for medical professionals within the United States but opportunity to fill a gap. There’s a shortage of more than 4.3 million medical professionals globally, and with medical students needing six to nine short-term training programs to finish school and begin filling those positions, AMO created a marketplace connecting the hard-to-find training programs with the value-sensitive students.

In the end, AMO will continue to celebrate global education while striving to become the global marketplace for short-term healthcare training programs.