Internationalising Education

Globalisation is the shift of the international world coming together as influenced by technological advances and economic, political and militaristic gain. As countries and cultures become more interconnected there is the gain of of mutual goods and services, however there comes the question whether the process of globalisation is resulting in greater losses than which it is worth?

Some people have a very utopian view and believe globalisation will fix a lot of current issues. The are certain benefits of globalisation such as the sharing of resources, ideas and values collective intelligence and global opportunities. This could mean developments in medical technology which could ultimately save lives. Globalisation has lead to greater opportunities for people from places across the globe, such as students who choose to study abroad.

A major aspect of globalisation in Australia is education as we are the host country to many international students. Although international students are provided with various positive opportunities when they attend university in Australia some students, particularly those from India, are drawn i by false advertising and exploitation. Families will often spend the majority of their savings sending their child to obtain an education in countries such as Australia. They are often treated poorly once arriving in the country, having to deal with little shelter and unhygienic facilities, and underpaid jobs to make do.

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There have multiple incidents where Indian students are abused, some particularly violent attacks occurred in Melbourne which gained a lot of publicity in the media in both Australia and India. This reflects badly on Australia as a whole and has diverted some Indian and other international students from choosing to study in Australia. This is turn impacts negatively on profits made across Australian universities as “80 per cent of our students are from Asia, which is becoming the gravitational centre of the world. This large scale encounter with people from Asia has much to offer”.  (Marginson, 2012, p.1)

Marginson, S 2012, ‘Morphing a profit-making business into an intercultural experience’, International education as self-formation, pp. 1-11.

Sharma, M. (2011). Band-Aid diplomacy patches up relationship. [online] The Australian. Available at: http://www.theaustralian.com.au/higher-education/band-aid-diplomacy-patches-up-relationship/story-e6frgcjx-1226057745749?nk=41995a5a79252e6b1bb4408a202834bc [Accessed 6 Oct. 2014].

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