Yunaida Mohamed Mohand
INTERNATIONALIZING THE CURRICULUM:
IMPROVING LEARNINGTHROUGH INTERNATIONAL
EDUCATION: PREPARING STUDENTS FOR SUCCESS
IN A GLOBAL SOCIETY
Stephen H. Guerin
In the expanded and updated version of The World is Flat: A Brief History of theTwenty-first Century( Friedman, 2006), Thomas Friedman congently describes the promise and peril of and economic and geopolitical future shaped by the forces of globalitazion wrought by technologicallydriven global connectivity, international commerce, and cross-cultural competition. A related development is a sharp increase in the degree and intensity of contact and, at times, misunderstanding andconfict between peoples of diverse cultures.
Perhaps more than at any other time in history, the challenge to educate community college students has emerged not only in the academic disciplinessupporting their chosen profesions. The challenge also exist in the overarching cross-cultural and international aspects and ramifications of their future employment and personal lives.
Recent eventshave shown unequivocally the pressing need for American students to comprehend adecuately the peoples of other cultures. Isolation is no longer an option. In response to this need to produce a citizenrythat is culturally literate and globally competent, the field of international education, including education at the community college level, has taken on a new urgency and importance.
Inrecognition of these developments, and in response to the objectives contained in the strategic plan of the Tennessee Board of Regents, Molow state Community College(MSCC) chose the topic of internationaleducation as the topic for its Quality Enhancement Plan(QEP). Specifically, the topic dealt with internationalizing the curriculum to prepare students to compete successfully in the global society...