‘Cosmoportism’ and ‘UniverCity’ Today: Globalizing Education at Home and Abroad

By Zekeh Gbotokuma.

Published by Journal of the World Universities Forum

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‘Cosmoportism’ comes from ‘cosmoport’. This neologism comes from the Greek word cosmos (κοσμος), meaning ‘universe’ or world, and from the second part of the word ‘passport’. ‘COSMOPORT’ is based on my belief that international education is the 21st-Century’s passport and global positioning system (GPS), so to speak, to comfortably navigate the global village. It is the key to global competitiveness. Therefore, nobody should be allowed to graduate from any university today without becoming globally competent. Cosmoportism is my Philosophy of Internationalization. It is based on the understanding of the logical and natural link between ‘universe-ity’ and ‘globality’. It can be summarized in three key points, i.e. (1) UNIVERSITY, WORLD-READINESS, AND ‘COSMOCITIZENSHIP’: Global citizenship must be the main goal of any authentic university education. University is a microcosm, where one learns to “think globally and act locally.” (2) GLOCAL INTEREST, SECURITY & LEADERSHIP: National interest, security, and global leadership require international competence, which consists of three key elements or attributes: knowledge, attitudes, and skills. (3) COSMOCITIZENSHIP must be taught theoretically through curricular activities and practically through global education projects entailing immersion and interaction between native and international students and faculties on and off-campus. COSMOPORTISM is a way of living in the global village. That way must be based on a vested interest in, and commitment to worldwide learning and understanding.

Keywords: Cosmoportism, Cosmocitizenship, University/UniverCity, Global Citizenship, Education, Global Competence

Journal of the World Universities Forum, Volume 3, Issue 5, pp.23-32. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 595.503KB).

Dr. Zekeh Gbotokuma

Director, Center for Global Studies, Morgan State University, Baltimore, MD, USA

Dr. Zekeh Gbotokuma is a Congolese philosopher, polyglot, and a cosmocitizen. He holds a doctoral degree from Gregorian University and a postdoctoral diploma in International Studies from the Italian Society for the International Organization, Rome, Italy. He is committed to speaking up for the world languages education and international competence. is publications include, among others, “Cesaire, Cesairology, and Universal Humanism,”(Xlibis, 2007); “A PAN-AFRICAN ENCYCLOPEDIA” (E. Mellen Press,2003); “Dizionario Italiano-Lingala/Lingala-Italiano” (Armando Curcio, 1990).

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