Impact Of Globalisation On Higher Education

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Globalisation affects the broad economic, technological and scientific trends which have direct impact on higher education. The trend of globalisation is real and important which students and faculties mobility has exploded (Wildavsky 2010). The purpose of this essay is to analyse the impact of globalisation on higher education in several aspects - the flow of academic talents, universities’ global competition, distance learning, and discuss whether it has the same impact to different countries.

Being encouraged by the globalisation, the proportion of scholars and students who travel abroad for research, teaching or study overseas are getting larger. The majority of these academic talents are from the developing countries and enter the institutions
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Yang (2003) described that the effect of globalisation on higher education firstly reflects on using economic standards as benchmarks. Under the conditions of globalisation, people use same standards when they start to comment on universities and using university ranking to Judge the universities. It could be dangerous for student to choose a first class university only according to the ranking because many other factors, for example, the growth of age, the change of interest, also determines whether the university is suitable for one. Moreover, the concept of "world first class university" will make the universities become cumulatively similar (Yang 2003). Take China as an example, universities in China cannot protect themselves from the global context, and there are more and more voices of asking the universities to raise funds from various income producing sources (Cleverley 1987). Conversely, other authors, such as Wildavsky (2010) and Yang (2003) highlight that the globalisation of higher education should not be feared, but be embraced. That is to say that international competition in university education will not create winners and losers along the

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