ERIC Number: ED324065
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1990-Apr-23
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International Education: Financial Threat or Strategic Opportunity.
Jardine, Douglas K.
As global exchanges lead to less segregated and nationalistic modes of interaction, the importance and utility of international education becomes apparent. International education means more than foreign students on campus and courses that come under the rubric of international studies. It also includes creating an international dimension in traditional disciplines, especially the sciences; addressing the curricular needs of international students beyond their need for English-as-a-Second-Language training; undertaking faculty exchanges; and developing off-campus programs to promote the assimilation of immigrants into the community. Such efforts can, of course, be very expensive to run, and some educators are threatened by the possibility of reallocating resources from the traditional disciplines to the relatively new enterprise of international education. The challenge for administrators is to ascertain whether the opportunities afforded by international education justify this reallocation of resources. These opportunities include the following: (1) international students can contribute to the knowledge and understanding of members of the host community, and they can also contributing to the knowledge and understanding about the host country when they return home; (2) the fees paid by international students can have a significant financial impact on institutions; (3) bridges can be built between the different cultures of the international students themselves; (4) support mechanisms can and should be created to prevent the isolation of foreign students in national ghettos; and (5) by arranging home-stays and cooperative-education opportunities for international students, colleges can lead the community in developing tolerance for people of other races and cultures. (GFW)
Publication Type: Speeches/Meeting Papers
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Note: Paper presented at the Annual Meeting of the American Association of Community and Junior Colleges (70th, Seattle, WA, April 22-25, 1990).