Time and again we have debated on the definition of Internationalism.
A student once told me that Internationalism is a movement towards creating a global village. To elucidate further I added ….it is one big umbrella under which people from different countries benefit from each other in spite of cultural differences and this in turn helps people to think in terms of the whole human race. We all know that Internationalism has brought about various economic, political, cultural and educational benefits.
Being an educationist, I’m interested more in expressing my thoughts on international education. Today International Schools are mushrooming in India and why is it so? It helps students to think from a global prospective and make positive contribution to a larger community. It connects students from different countries and helps them understand different cultures, embrace cultural differences and bring about International mindedness.
I believe that international mindedness is a frame of the mind and not something which can be taught.Schools should develop a strong sense of the ‘other’ in students. We should create problem solvers who can deal with problems that have no clear cut solutions. We need to create creative thinkers who can communicate clearly and work with others across races and nationalities.
If you ask, has the student community benefited from international education? The answer is …..Yes! As most Universities have opened doors to deserving foreign students. Moreover,besides creating a culturally varied environment, these Universities enable global education.
Now,does International education help in bringing about Internationalism?Does Internationalism always help Nations to be linked together with bonds of love, goodwill and cooperation? All these questions loom large in the horizon.
Do weigh both the pros and cons before drawing a conclusion.
– Geetha Somanathan
Secondary Coordinator, International Centre for Excellence