How Are Poor Countries Going To Adapt With Globalization?



Globalization has profoundly affected our lives in many ways we couldn’t imagine from years back.  It has caused a significant change from the movement of the economy, protection of the environment, the way we business is done, and how we connect and reach out to people away from us.

Globalization Of American Education

American universities have an international reputation when it comes to providing advanced, high-quality education.   They are truly benefitting and enjoying the radiance of academic globalization.   Even countries who oppose U.S. foreign policies choose to send their students to America to acquire knowledge far beyond what other universities anywhere in the world could offer.

The snowballing effect of globalization in the universities in the United States is seen in the influx of international students and the full range of courses and international subjects they now offer.  But even the leading universities in America have just started regulating their methodologies and adjusting their contents that is ready to support students in a profoundly interdependent world.


Globalization Of Education On Poor Cultures

From the researches I have done, people (educators, students, private sectors, NGO, parents, and professionals) have many different opinions on the topic of academic globalization.  Most of them are questioning and are worried if it is really for the poor’s well-being.  Others take it as an opportunity to widen the graduates’ horizons when they are about to practice their professions.   The university or country where they graduated will no longer be an issue as long as they are equipped with knowledge.  But will that be the case even for those who graduated from public schools, state universities, or community colleges who have not adjusted and are not equipped to produce intellectually competitive graduates?

How does this process of globalization affect those poor people in the world?  Those families who can’t afford to send their children abroad to further their studies?


Reality Of School Life In Poor Countries

Many teachers and students are burdened not just by their financial status.  Family relationship, sex, abuse, violence, mental issues brought by their circumstances, and other environmental, social, and economic factors affect their performance and focus in school.  Teachers way of teaching is affected as well as a student’s focus on his study, thus, affecting the skills needed to succeed in their studies and later as they look for employment after school.


Globalization Can Never Be Pro-Poor

University and college tuition fees anywhere in the world continue to soar way high, not only in developing countries, even in the U.S. where tuition in public universities increased by 68%.

High tuition fee means limiting poor student’s access to quality education.  Many believed that globalization had turned these universities into another money-making business, which only those with deep pockets can afford.

Academic globalization is a dictatorship in disguise, manipulating the future of the poor.   There is no more guarantee to the right of education of every child — the kind of education that will provide them with the knowledge which is supposed to be their ticket out of poverty.


The Government Should Make Its Move

If globalization is the only way to advanced knowledge, the government should start thinking of ideas on how to prioritize the adjustment in the policies for higher education.  Reasonable assistance that will widen the access to higher education even by the poorest of the poor who perform well and wanted to attain higher education.

The government must think of prioritizing its investment in education, increasing higher education providers, giving advanced training and providing well for the teachers that they can focus on performing well, and regulating tuition fees of the colleges and universities that many can afford.

Access to quality education and producing globally competitive and highly-skilled professionals are the courses the government must take to lead the country to progress to beat the rapid globalization.

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