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Clinton Global Initiative University: DREAMZone
May13

Clinton Global Initiative University: DREAMZone

By The Editors The Clinton Global Initiative University was launched in 2007 by President Clinton to develop a growing community of students on college campuses around the world – a community working to make the world a better place.  Who are the students participating in this community?  They are leaders – young leaders set to make a difference.  They don’t just discuss global challenges – they come up with innovative ideas to solve the global challenges they discuss and then take real, concrete steps to implement those ideas. Students in this community develop their own Commitments to Action: a specific plan of action to address a selected challenge.  Central to Commitments to Action is the translation of practical goals into meaningful and measurable results.  In addition, college and university students participate to a competition, the Commitments Challenge. This year, the winner of the Commitments Challenge is a graduate student from Arizona State University, Davier Rodriguez.  His team’s project, DREAMzone, aims to establish a national network of allies to support undocumented students.  He says: “It will offer a four hour ally certification course that breaks down preconceived notions of undocumented students and educates participants on federal, state, and local challenges. I hope to enhance undocumented students’ higher education experiences by creating a national network of supportive allies.” Here Davier talks about what motivated him to start his winning project....

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Global Education
May12

Global Education

By The Editors In a previous post, I introduced the concept of global education as the education perspective expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. The concept of global education is defined in more detail by the Global Education website as a set of five perspectives: 1) Interdependence and globalisation, 2) Identity and cultural diversity, 3) Social justice and human rights, 4) Peace building and conflict resolution, 5) Sustainable futures. The Global Education website, which illustrates all aspects of the Global Education Project, has been developed and is maintained by Education Services Australia, a national, not-for-profit company owned by all Australian education ministers. The five perspectives, detailed below, provide a framework for global education. Interdependence and globalisation – an understanding of the complex social, economic and political links between people and the impact that changes have on each other Identity and cultural diversity – an understanding of self and one’s own culture, and being open to the culture of others Social justice and human rights – an understanding of the impact of inequality and discrimination, the importance of standing up for our own rights and our responsibility to respect the rights of others Peace building and conflict resolution – an understanding of the importance of building and maintaining positive and trusting relationships and ways conflict can be prevented or peacefully resolved Sustainable futures – an understanding of the ways in which we can meet our current needs without diminishing the quality of the environment or reducing the capacity of future generations to meet their own needs. I believe that the second perspective, Identity and cultural diversity, should be considered the starting point of a globalized curriculum – exploration of identity and cultural diversity is mostly an introspective endeavor and, therefore, provides the basis for integration of all the other...

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Let’s Invent a Global Society – Lee Bollinger on Global Challenges
May07

Let’s Invent a Global Society – Lee Bollinger on Global Challenges

By The Editors In the video below, Lee C. Bollinger, President of Columbia University, and Chrystia Freeland, Thomson Reuters Consumer News Editor, discuss how Columbia University tackles the challenges of rapid global changes – the changes we have described in a previous post on the great acceleration, results of the events that define the space age and the information age. Lee Bollinger’s approach is matter-of-fact acceptance of the global changes we are undergoing – he describes well the uncertainty we’re facing these days and points out how much we don’t know –  and especially how much it is that academic institutions don’t know. The solution is to be open and invent a new society, a global...

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The Schwarzman Scholars Program: Focus on China
May01

The Schwarzman Scholars Program: Focus on China

By The Editors The $300 million “Schwarzman Scholars at Tsinghua University” program, jointly founded by Tsinghua University in Beijing and Stephen Schwarzman, was launched on April 21 and will emulate the famous Rhodes Scholarship program, the oldest and most celebrated international fellowship in the world.  The launch ceremony was held at Tsinghua University. Chinese President Xi Jinping and U.S. President Barack Obama both sent congratulatory letters. Starting in June 2016, every year for the next 50 years, 200 students from all around the world will receive the scholarship for a one-year master’s program at Tsinghua University in public policy, international relations, economics, business or engineering.  During the scholarship year, Schwarzman scholars will travel around China and will meet Chinese leaders. Forty-five percent of the scholars will come from the United States, 20 percent from China, and 35 percent from Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin America and the rest of Asia. Africa may be added later.  Together, the scholars are expected to participate in an international network that can bridge differences between China and the...

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Global Education:  How Simple Can It Be?
Apr21

Global Education: How Simple Can It Be?

By The Editors I like to think of global education as the education perspective expressed in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights: “Educating shall be directed to the full development of the human personality and to the strengthening of respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms. It shall promote understanding, tolerance and friendship among all nations, racial or religious groups, and shall further the activities of the United Nations for the maintenance of peace.” (Article 26, United Nations, General Conference, San Francisco, December 10,...

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