In communications, health care, and economics, national policies and practices are today routinely influenced by events, discoveries, and decisions that originate beyond national borders. But what of our system of education,and particularly our universities? How are they participating in, and being affected by, globalization?
A New World of Knowledge examines how globalization has obliged universities in Canada to reassess and rethink the international dimension of their mission and practice. All now include an international dimension in their mission statement. Is this a true statement of educational principles? Or is it simply a marketing message intended to position the university to cope with budget reductions through the sale of educational services?
A New World of Knowledge looks at the important role thatCanadian universities have played in shaping Canada's response to the problems of international development. It provides the historical backdrop and level of analysis needed to properly inform choices for the future of higher education in Canada and abroad.
The book will interest teachers and administrators in institutions of higher education; professors, students, researchers, and academics in international affairs and educational studies; practitioners in organizations that depend on university linkages (such as in NGOs and research-granting organizations);government officials in the education sector; and students worldwide shopping for an international education.
Sheryl L. Bond is a Professor in the Faculty of Education at Queen's University in Kingston, Ontario.
Jean-Pierre Lemasson is Director and founder of the Office for International Cooperation at the Université du Québec à Montréal in Montréal, Québec.