Universities, the Dialogue of Civilizations and the Age of Global Migrations: Recreating Knowledge Societies with New Trends in Higher Education

By Anil Prasad.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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The paper examines the new trends in higher education in the wake of massive relocation of human capital on the global scale as globalization has, in recent years, both in quality and quantity reshaped the international movement of people, more significantly, in terms of student mobility resulting in greater diversification and internationalization of higher education and in view of higher education as a marketable commodity which augmented the pull of the human capital by the most favored countries equipped with better working conditions and the incentives of job satisfaction and financial gain. Students belonging to different cultural, socioeconomic, racial and ethnic background attend colleges and universities and try to get adjusted to a different cultural and academic environment hitherto quite unfamiliar to them. Encountering a multicultural world, with the idea of the clash of civilizations consequent upon post-September 11 events, the paper further examines, how colleges and universities would cope with this new phenomenon on the campuses worldwide and it is therefore suggested that these institutions of higher education should take initiatives to promote a dialogue of civilizations to foster a culture of tolerance, patience and peace. Against this backdrop the paper argues that the trend of globalization which has encouraged unprecedented migrations in recent years should not end in a clash of civilizations but in creating a new world order based on intercultural competence, democratic values of equality and freedom, mutual respect of cultures, and the dialogue of civilizations to mitigate the cultural breakdown of traditional moral order, communal antagonism and unruly competition with the rise of a global middle class growing parallel with consumerism threatening the destruction of local cultures and cultural productions.

Keywords: Relocation of Human Capital, Intercultural Competence, Dialogue of Civilizations

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 2, Issue 5, pp.33-44. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 1.188MB).

Dr. Anil Prasad

Part Time Teacher, Free Lance Senior Education Advisor, SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Thane, Maharashtra, India

Anil K Prasad, Ph.D worked as Associate Professor and Chair (1991- 2008) , Department of English, Faculty of Arts, Ibb University, Ibb, Republic of Yemen. He has been invited to give papers at the international conferences in the universities of India, the Middle East, Turkey, China, Portugal, Canada and the U.S. He participated as one of the main speakers in the inaugural Transpacific Forum on Global Education at St Thomas University, Miami, Florida, held on April 3-4, 2008 and presented a paper, “Recreating Knowledge Societies: The Changing Role of Universities in a Globalized World.” His poems have been translated into Arabic and Chinese. He has been awarded an Honorary Life Membership from Metverse Muse, India. He also worked as the Editor and Consultant of the Ibb University Newsletter and the Ibb University research journal respectively. Currently he is a member of the Visiting Faculty at the SIES College of Arts, Science and Commerce, Sion (W), Mumbai, Maharashtra, India.

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