Internationalization still eludes Universities
While other industries talk about globalizing, higher education, particularly in the United States, has long been heavily international, drawing students and faculty members from around the world. Still, universities, here and elsewhere need to do more to ensure that the next generation of scholars and researchers has an international perspective and the ability to work in diverse settings. Such skills are increasingly important as classrooms fill with even more international students and as many academics pursue careers abroad. They are equally crucial for the growing number of doctorate recipients who pursue careers outside the academy. Although universities around the world face a common challenge in cultivating globally minded graduates, the solutions may differ by institution, country, and region. Despite significant international enrollments, North American universities don't always do a good job of using the presence of international students and faculty members to globalize their campuses. It has been noted that few American and Canadian students go abroad, either to pursue a degree or for a shorter period during graduate studies.
Part of Higher educationIt’s been seen that money has not been the sole problem but what needs to be done is to incorporate among the universities that acquiring a global perspective is part and parcel of a graduate education. But that message has been undercut as universities have reduced financial support for foreign-language study, consolidated or closed departments. While traditional study-abroad programs, at the undergraduate level, emphasize the benefits of the cultural experience, graduate students need to see additional value in participating, such as the opportunity to do research overseas and expand professional networks. It will take time to make the system work due to the reason that dissimilar academic structures from country to country can make it difficult to create joint programs. Family commitments or cultural constraints may keep women from pursuing doctorates abroad. Students in shorter master's-degree programs may not have time to spend part of their studies abroad. And as many universities seek to get students to complete PhD. programs more quickly, even some advocates worry that adding a global experience could unduly prolong doctoral studies. For those reasons, graduate-school deans need to find ways to make global learning inherent in all degree programs.