By Porntip Kanjananiyot, Executive Director
Thailand-U.S. Educational Foundation (Fulbright)
Could we or could we not escape from the impacts of globalization?
In a flattening world as detailed by Thomas Friedman in his book The World is Flat, we all need to be aware of the implications from the opening up of the world through liberalization of trade and investment, including trade in services, and the advances of technologies. The world has begun to see mobility of professionals and laborers alike in a greater number and faster pace. Such movements across and around the world are in both physical and virtual patterns, as brains begins to be the base for competition and cooperation.
Different sets of expectations toward our global citizens have been formed. They are expected to be able to not only perform well academically and professionally, but also uphold moral/ethical behaviors and acquire cross-cultural skills for the full functioning in this one same world.
As changes are everywhere, we in the academic circle, are challenged to offer education that enables our graduates at all levels to be able to cope well in numerous situations, from the face-to-face and virtual exchanges of knowledge and experiences, to the ability to survive productively in various cross-cultural environments, and the balance of life, family and work.
Thats right. The impacts of globalization are here in one form or another, no matter where we are.
ข้อเขียนทั้งภาษาไทยและภาษาอังกฤษทุกเรื่องที่นำเสนอโดยมูลนิธิการศึกษาไทย-อเมริกัน (ฟุลไบรท์) ผู้สนใจสามารถจะนำไปใช้ประโยชน์ต่อการเรียนการสอนและกิจกรรมทางการศึกษาที่เกี่ยวข้องได้โดยขอความกรุณาอ้างอิงถึงแหล่งที่มาให้ชัดเจนด้วย
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