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“Chinese students are taking degrees taught in English in Finnish universities; the Sorbonne is awarding French degrees in Abu Dhabi; US universities are opening in China and South Korean universities are switching teaching to English so they can compete with everyone else.” -- Sean Coughlan, BBC News education correspondent

In previous posts I have spoken a lot about technology and global business creating a more internationally aware workforce. This article “Graduates -- the new measure of power” suggests that the transformation is happening even earlier. As more students than ever before are heading further and further away to study graduates are entering the world of work as International citizens. It would appear that technology and global business are just facilitators of a global way of thinking.

The article also goes on to talk about how many universities are collaborating with others overseas, or opening up their own campuses abroad. Not only does this give local citizens the chance to study in a foreign university without the expense of leaving the country, but it enables innovation in the research that they carry out through a diverse range of perspectives:  local, global and foreign.

The article also raises many valid questions about this new, expanded university system and how it will pan out in reality. “What are the expectations of this Facebook generation? They might have degrees and be able to see what is happening on the other side of the world, but will there be enough jobs to match their ambitions?”

To watch the video about Chinese students studying in Finland here.

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