Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Globalization of Higher Education

Last night I read an interesting article by Richard Skinner in the Trusteeship Magazine published by the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. Its title is It IS a Small World After All: Globalization of Higher Education (Page 8 in offline copy only) and it is about what role should governing boards play in overseeing international education.

I can't seem to find a direct link to it online but you can download the March/April 2008 digital edition in its entirety here.

Here's an excerpt:

Not in Kansas Anymore
Globalization may well have, as Thomas Friedman asserts, flattened the world. ATMs make cash available on every continent. KFC is a universally recognized brand. Rap music is heard everywhere. Still, cultural differences persist; indeed, without them there would be little point in promoting internatinal engagement as multicultural experience.
Worth a read.

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