Developing Global Citizens: The Way Forward?

By Chris Shiel.

Published by The Learner Collection

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This paper will present work undertaken as part of the HE Leadership Foundation Fellowship in the UK. The aim of the Fellowship was to develop a change strategy so that by 2010, all Bournemouth University (BU) graduates are aware of and confident in, dealing with issues relating to equity, justice, diversity and sustainable development. BU has developed an approach that focuses on the development of ‘global perspectives’ and ‘global citizenship’: the ‘global citizen’ operates effectively in the context of diversity, and is empowered to bring about change to enhance society. The importance of this development is highlighted by research undertaken into graduate employability and a review of the UK policy context. But to what extent does the curriculum address the drivers? Is it enough to say that because we have international students, learners will come to understand diversity? Do we expect cross-cultural learning to happen by osmosis, or do we need to be more proactive? Do staff encourage students to work collaboratively with their international colleagues, as one way, of challenging perspectives and questioning euro-centric views? This paper will explore some of these issues, suggesting that managing diversity requires a different and greater proactivity. The paper concludes by suggesting the way forward.

Keywords: Global Citizens, Global Perspectives, Diversity, Sustainable Development

The International Journal of Learning, Volume 14, Issue 4, pp.153-168. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 887.340KB).

Assoc. Prof. Chris Shiel

Head of Learning and Teaching, Institute of Business and Law, Bournemouth University, Poole, Dorset, UK

I have over 15 years experience in Higher Education, including six years as a Senior Academic at Bournemouth University. Since 1999 I have led the development of global perspectives and the notion that developing global citizeship should be part of the role of HE. In 2005, I was awarded a national Higher Education Leadership Foundation Fellowship in recognition of my leadership of institutional strategic change, specifically in the area of ‘global perspectives'. As a Fellow, I have undertaken work to secure culture change at Bournemouth University to embed global perspectives and sustainability, across the curriculum. The strategy includes the idea that the university is also a'global citizen' and must address sustainable development. Through my work, the University is recognised as a leader in the development of a holistic approach to sustainability; the initiative also ensures that graduates are better prepared for global employability.


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