The Value of an Education with a Global Perspective

The Value of an Education with a Global Perspective

TheValue of an Education with a Global Perspective

Aneducation with a global perspective can be described as one thatfocuses on a multidisciplinary approach, to enable learners acquirethe skills needed to fit and compete equally in our today’s globalmarkets (Hicks,par1). Our current world is progressively more interrelated andmulticultural as a result of globalization. As a result, there is agreat need for education programs to focus on enhancing skills andknowledge that will enable learners function and perform in such aworld(Bell-Rose,par1). It is difficult for a learner to understand fully the regularroutine of life unless the learning is designed in the framework of aglobal society. Technology advancement and globalization haveadversely changed many areas of the continent education included.Many countries such as the United States are emphasizing in aneducation curriculum with a global perspective, to enable thecreation of competent leaders and professionals that can perform wellin the global markets.

Aglobal education is highly valuable in the sense that it allows thelearners understand the relationship between their lives and those ofother people in other parts of the planet(Ameny-Dixon,2). The current global way of life requires one to have the socialskills to coexist peacefully with people from diverse cultures. Suchskills and knowledge can only be acquired through a global educationperspective. Apart from understanding the cultural dynamism of theglobal society, an education with a global approach also enablespeople to make sense of the economical, political and environmentalfactors that influence the global community (Ameny-Dixon,4). A global education perspective allows learners to acquire skillsand knowledge to become experts in managing the economic andpolitical factors not only at the national level but in the globalarenas.

Asa result of increased competition in the global markets, global andserious problems such as unsustainable use of resources have become acommon phenomenon. According to Hicks,problems such as depletion of resources as a result of globalizationwill be efficiently solved by embracing an education with a globalperspective (par3). He argues that global education enables learnersto acquire skills and expertise needed to achieve a global world thatunderstands the importance of sustainability. The term sustainabilityin this context can mean the controlled use of resources for growthand development.

AccordingAmeny-Dixon,an education with a global perspective emphasizes the need forinternational accountability by teaching international economic andpolitical policies (5). A global education lays emphasis on the needto observe global ethics that respect human rights and the creationof positive attitudes towards creating a single global sustainableecosystem. According to Ameny-Dixon, the global problems such aclimate change and ozone layer depletion, affecting generations tocome can be successfully overcome through the adoption of aneducation system with a global perspective (5).

Aglobal education is valuable in that it helps learners acquire skillsand knowledge to make sound socio-economic decisions. Therefore, suchan education will produce leaders who will enable the achievement ofa global society governed by practical and valid socio-economicpolicies (Bell-Rose,par4). As a result of globalization, many of the successful companiesare going global to expand their markets and customer base. As thesecompanies expand into the global markets, the need for efficientprofessionals to manage these organizations also increases.Therefore, there is the need for adoption of education systems with aglobal perspective to produce professionals with the skills andknowledge to effectively manage global companies (Bell-Rose,par1).


Ameny-Dixon,Gloria M. &quotWhy multicultural education is more important inhigher education than ever: A global perspective.&quot&nbspInternationalJournal of Scholarly Academic Intellectual Diversity&nbsp8.1(2004): 1-9.

Bell-RoseStephanie.ThreeExpert Perspectives: The Importance of International Education,2007. Retrieved from:[Accessed on 16th Sept 2015]

HicksDavid W. Teachingfor a better world: Learning for sustainability.2015. Retrieved from: [Accessed 16th Sept 2015]