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ERIC Number: EJ1168960
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2018
Pages: 9
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1085-4568
Seeing All Beings as Oneself: Internationalizing Higher Education for Universal Harmony
Unkule, Kalyani
Frontiers: The Interdisciplinary Journal of Study Abroad, v30 n1 p33-41 Win 2018
The tenets of Hinduism share a complicated relationship with international higher education for an important reason: the purported taboo over crossing oceans. The ethos of Hinduism, however, is deeply embedded in a posited harmony of individuals and cultures. This makes it a faith that at once embraces the value of intercultural exchange while challenging contemporary understandings of how it is best achieved. Rabindranath Tagore espouses this philosophy summing it as he alone sees, who sees all beings as himself. Implications for internationalism in higher education will be teased out from the spiritual and religio-cultural underpinnings of Tagore's experiments in the field, namely, Vishwa Bharati and Shantiniketan help clarify the Hindu basis for internationalism. The paper will then argue that the deeply entrenched Western-centric bias in what is increasingly described as "global" higher education defeats the true motivations of internationalization of the University. It will further explore the ways in which reference to religion (Hinduism in particular), not just in structuring curriculum for foreign students, but in reimagining the basis for globalization of higher education could potentially counter these trends towards homogenization and reset internationalization efforts on a more meaningful trajectory.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
Education Level: Higher Education; Postsecondary Education
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Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: India
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