Dennis Osei Gyamfi, GNA
Accra, Nov. 08, GNA - Dr. Elizabeth Stroble, President of Webster University has said that, new views of globalization in higher education is required for a purposeful inquiry and understanding of how the world is rapidly changing.
“We believe it is important to bring students together across borders to gain a deeper understanding of themselves and others and an informed perspective to address the world’s most troubling issues,” Dr Stroble said.
Dr. Stroble said this at a public lecture organized by Webster University Ghana Campus on Wednesday, November 7 at the school’s campus under the theme; “The importance of Global Education in the 21st Century.”
She said traditionally, globalization of higher education was primarily confined to the mobility of students and professors aimed at acquiring some experience and knowledge through exchanges.
“It was essentially a passive model in which students and faculty functioned as objects moved from one location to another.
She added that modern, contemporary paradigms must include joint degrees and curricula, joint research ventures and most importantly the affiliation and opening up of branch campuses.
Dr. Stroble said, these models, faculty, staff, and students’ activity transcended geographic locations to impact and change communities.
She said the United Nations’ 2030 Sustainable Development Goals sounded the clarion call of a worldwide need for improved industry, innovation, and infrastructure; sustainable cities and communities; and decent work and economic growth.
She said higher education must however, be carved in the new model that builds the capacity of local communities through distinctive programs and a global orientation, something she added Webster University was committed to.
“Students are equipped to tackle our world’s most pressing problems that require interdisciplinary approaches and knowledge from across the world.”
Ms Millicent Adjei, Associate Director, Diversity and International Programmes at Ashesi University, said global education was a social justice and equity issue, therefore, higher education institutions should not leave it to chance and hope.
“They (higher education institutions) must be intentional, calculative, strategic and continuously innovative to ensure that the students entrusted to them to train and prepare for the interconnected and multicultural world are adequately equipped with the critical competencies needed to effect the changes we expect them to create in the world,” she said.
Dr. Julian Z. Schuster, Provost, Senior Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Webster University, said global education removed boundary through knowledge acquisition, which makes one understand the world around him/her, the people around him/ her and the get to know himself/herself better.
Webster is a global university currently serving more than 14,000 students studying at campus locations in North America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Webster’s mission is to ensure high quality learning experiences that transform students for individual excellence and global citizenship.