Globalisation is always a matter of discussion, whether it means increased value or additional complexity in challenges. For schools and university, it is crucial to allow students pick their own response to this matter. But see what Economist’s Schumpeter columnist found:

In 2009, less than 5% of business undergraduates were foreign and less than 6% of the 12,000 institutions which offer business degrees had international accreditation.

When looking at the teachings of the universities it was just as poor:

Just 6% of the research they published in the top 20 management journals dealt with any kind of cross-border issues…

Just 14% percent deal with a cross-border issue in any way. And in only 6% of case studies is the cross-border issue central to what is being taught.

Looking back at my own master, I was fortunate enough to have been taught by teachers from 9 different countries in 3 different countries. The material was mixed and highly differentiated between Asian, European, Oceania and American companies. My self being Nordic I may with some justification claim not to have had this problem. Still with all the variety on cross-cultural issues (perhaps even being one), I still think more could be done. In particular in Europa, I see a latent unwillingness to give up on national stereotypes or see the differences as possibilities to learn.

What if we revolutionized learning in Europe – Let 5 years of learning at any given university be free, Let it be online, Let it be remote, Let students choose their teachers, Let teachers choose their students, Let students mix and match their lessons. One of the most unifying things is education – the internet is already taking us in the right directions. Wikipedia offers free information through cooperation; Google offers free services for cooperation; Skype offers free communication – why are universities not utilizing already existing tools to combine education on European level. It seems the right thing to do and would probably give a much better result with new EU members in the future. In the future, we might even aspire to global education networks where students are attending lessons on all 6 continents!

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