Edited by D. Bruce Johnstone, Madeleine B. d’Ambrosio and Paul J. Yakoboski
Chapter 11: Reinventing Higher Education in a Global Society: A Perspective from Abroad
Gowher Rizvi and Peter S. Horn The arguments for global education are obvious and compelling but nonetheless warrant restating. In an interdependent global society, the distinction between home and abroad has largely vanished. Information technology, radio and television have shrunk the world. Not only do we live in a global economy and society, but it is also a very complex, interconnected and interdependent world. All countries, big and small, must cope with the realities of a global society. It is no longer possible to differentiate between national and international, home and abroad, or local and global. Home and abroad are no longer separate categories. No country is an island entire of itself. The United States is a part of the global community, and it cannot shirk away from problems in faraway regions even if our own direct interests may not be directly at stake. Therefore, the challenge for colleges and universities, both in the United States and around the world, is to prepare and equip students as global citizens. In this chapter we argue that colleges and universities, faced with the challenges of the new knowledge-based global society, must reinvent themselves and rethink their roles and purposes.1 Can we redesign our curriculum so that we can continue to impart the benefits of a liberal artsbased education but at the same time create room for global experiences without increasing the academic burden on the students? How do we make global education an integral part of the student experience? How do we...
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