POSTED BY vnation editor | Feb, 13, 2018

Global citizenship is trending upward.

Chinese artist Ai Weiwei received a global citizenship award in Toronto this week, and on Friday, former U.S. President Barack Obama spoke in Canadian city about the importance of global citizenship.

And recently, tens of thousands of New Yorkers attended the annual Global Citizen Festival in Central Park.

Now, before you react to this article’s headline and rail against yet another apparent plea for the creation of an elitist one-world government, give your typing fingers a rest.

I will state at the onset that this piece neither advocates for an elitist perspective, nor a single planetary authority. What it does argue for is the cultivation of a global citizenship sensibility, particularly in the education of our university and college students.

Internationalization in higher education

Internationalization policies and practices within the higher education sector have ostensibly been fuelled by pressures on colleges and universities to better prepare students for the effects of globalization.

Recent research suggests that university graduates are increasingly required by prospective employers to have the so-called soft skills necessary for working in global environments.

A university education offers an important pathway that hopefully leads to gainful employment after graduation. But including global citizenship within educational curricula is an investment that can produce dividends far greater than simply securing a job.

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  • Bruno Santos

    The chart tells us a lot of things to think about.

  • Seren Yildiz

    Yep, I believe I am a citizen of the World and a citizen of nowhere.

  • Güzin Toros

    Soka education, in short, allows people to be warmhearted and fair. Who could make the world a better place by pursuing economic, military and political interests?

  • Matt Green

    These three dimensions offer hope: Awareness + Responsibility + Participation