WorldWide Education – Globalization

Learning about many educational systems got me wondering about globalization versus addressing individual needs of the countries. I see that many universities are looking into global education, trying to integrate multiple educational institutes (for example, universities) around the world into one idea or philosophy of education. The technology development is allowing us to connect easier with other places in such short time, even real time, that we can integrate classrooms, lectures, projects, academic papers, and many other tasks of education into one whole-single classroom. For instance, in my department there is a class between universities from the US, the Netherlands, India, and South America. The course consists on a semester-long project where students make groups and each group must have a member from each university. They have to develop a 3D project, where each of them can do an Avatar, and they have to work it out, leadership styles, timezones, culture, etc. At the end of the semester they deliver a design project as their final delivery.

I can see the value of this projects, and how this integrates people from all over the globe, and this is good. However, I wonder if these approaches are making us bring people to think and learn in the Western particular way of thinking? Additionally, do these approaches help us address the issues or needs of a particular location and culture? Education should address the needs of the local community and should be aligned with the development plan of a country/region.

Technology have allowed us to get in closer with far away locations, however, we must remember that it does not mean the cultural differences, needs and potentialities have become the same.

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