#CCK11 Globalisation and Glocalisation of Higher Education Part I

Here are some quotes from the video:

Education is about lighting a fire, not filling a bucket with water.

Purpose of education is about learning how to learn.

I would like to reflect on the globalisation of education in the 21st century.

What is happening in education around the globe?

Is college worth it provides some interesting insights about how people view higher education in the US. “Right or Wrong Direction? Six-in-ten college presidents say the system of higher education in this country is headed in the right direction, but a substantial minority (38%) say it is headed in the wrong direction.”

How about higher education in Asian countries? In this Globalisation and higher education restructuring in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Mainland China, Mok concluded that not all nations have responded in the same way to globalisation due of the specificities of their national histories, politics, cultures and economies.

So, what I could I conclude? Globalisation of higher education needs to be considered under the context of glocalisation – Look at the big picture, the big global forest, but act locally to contextualize the education to suit the needs and vision of the communities, with the local citizens in mind.  Learn globally and act locally, and be connected to the international communities.

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This paper on globalisation sounds interesting too.

3 thoughts on “#CCK11 Globalisation and Glocalisation of Higher Education Part I

  1. Yes, this is interesting: “So often we find that the answers lie with the people themselves, but all-too-often solutions are imposed from the outside – the West – or from above through a distant, centralised government. William Easterly continues: “The best chance for the poor is for them to be their own Searchers, borrowing ideas and technology from the West when it suits them to do so”.” I think this summarizes why some of the efforts to modernize failed locally, especially in some countries, despite the “good intention” to fully adopt westernized cultures, education system. The differences in cultures, values, and systems (which include people) led to conflicting values and various tensions when those modernization due to technology were introduced into society. Here technology includes the Soft and Hard technology (as Jon Dron has classified). Hard technology is easy, as it may be more easily built into the infrastructure, system, procedures, but soft technology is hard, as it is about people – their beliefs, habits, feelings, emotions, and the impact of life associated with soft technology. There are also fundamental assumptions which need to be challenged: 1. Is one person’s food (favorite) another person’s poison? 2. Is push (the provision of aids and help) always more valuable than pull (when those people who need aids come forward to seek knowledge, help, when they search and borrow only those ideas, technology, education which they want)? This is basically the ideas behind the post. 3. Is the “not make in here” syndrome depriving the pride of the local efforts to improve and innovate – in improving their life, education, and businesses. 4. What drives a better economy? Education would help to improve economy. Education is however, only part of the solution, and it needs to be glocalised, not globalised. Poverty won’t go away just because of education in those countries. One needs the creation of employment, jobs, and these jobs require skillful labor, workers who could help in building the nation. What sort of skills are required for those business or industry? Only those which are relevant to the present and future needs of the nation, society and community. What are the implications on the present employment, infrastructure of government, authorities etc.? Thanks Nicola for sharing the link. It takes another post to reflect more fully of what all these meant, in particular education and learning in developing countries. John

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