Going Global in Education
The world is going global, specifically where education is concerned. The diaspora of post-secondary students has become somewhat of an expectation to the point of automatization. In Canada, “an international education program” conjures the image of international students learning in Canada and not Canadians learning in an international setting. It is no surprise that Canada is placing an emphasis on international students attending Canadian universities as “emerging countries are playing an ever-larger role in world affairs and relationships with those countries and their people will become increasingly important for Canada’s prosperity and international influence” (http://goglobalcanada.ca/). However, in order to best prepare Canadian students for the 21st century, with its unknown work opportunities and jobs; shift in the global economy; and increase in xenophobia, nativism, and prejudice, sending Canadians abroad for their studies may broaden the type of learning experienced, range of skills practiced, and understanding gained.
While other countries seem to recognize the importance of international education, specifically Canada’s education system, the Centre for International Policy Studies and the Munk School of Global Affairs are publicizing their message to Canadian students to do the same: to go and experience a semester, a year or more abroad in order to comprehend the complexities of communication and culture in our future world.