This semester’s reading as helped us to see all the different aspects of international higher education. This week’s reading, IHE at Twenty Special 20th Anniversary Feature:  Higher Education’s Future  covers the all that and more, while highlighting the last 20 years as well as offering advice on how to overcome the standing challenges that we now face within the field. The last reading: Bridges to the Future, The Global Landscape of International Higher Education, pushed us to define what it meant to be a global citizen, and to look at that aspect in from two different angles.

The advancement of technology as allowed us to broaden our horizons and reach places we never were able to before in the past, it’s not uncommon to forget that not everyone everywhere has been awarded the same possibilities. The first article addresses how only major continents currently participate in international higher education and pushing forward we as a field needs to reach out these other lesser known countries and to include them in the conversations of advancing the field.

A standing theme in a lot of my posts as been “America loves to view itself as the center of the free world” and it is the what a lot of places aim to be like, what has allowed us to continue propelling this thought for so long, and will most likely continue to propel, is the fact America (and other first world continents) is placed on a pedestal by a lot of the countries in the  world and they see sending people here whether it be for an education or just to make an attempt to survive. The authors of Bridges to the Future mention this in their article. I wonder what the state of higher education, at home and international, would be like if we didn’t have this unspoken competition with each other and instead tried to help each other advance and prosper in their own right (which is occurring but at a slow pace), what works for one continent or country will not necessarily work for the next, doesn’t mean we can’t test it (to an extent, student lives and futures are the basis of the educational system after all).

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2 thoughts on “W12 – The Future of International Higher Education

  1. You bring up a couple interesting points. The United States surely does view itself as the center of the free world, but it seems as if the rest of the world does agree that this country has one of the best higher education systems. We have taken the best practices from various European models and created one that no one else can rival. What you have mentioned though, about all nations helping each other out, seems to be the true definition of globalization. There will always be competition, but it doesn’t seem too farfetched for developed countries to assist their developing neighbors. If European countries could start making up for hundreds years of colonialism in Africa and Asia, for example, I think the world could really start making some headway. Of course there will always be critics claiming that is just neo-neocolonialism, but I can’t see anything overly nefarious about improving educational systems in developing countries.

  2. It seems to be a reoccurring theme in the last blogs that the US views itself as the center , and that many countries aspire to be like America in all aspects. However, the educational system as viewed by other blogs is not necessarily the best. Most undergraduate degrees do not teach students soft skills or prepare them for their future careers yet somehow the American educational system is still getting praise from other countries. While the US is looking to have the best in numbers and rankings it is not necessarily providing the best education to its students so how will it do so for international students coming in

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