International education could make the world a more interconnected place, it has pioneered new models of collaboration across institutions of higher education with a worldwide reach. Today, IE supports flagship educational and cultural exchange programs and assists scholars.
We would define international education as one that combines an openness to and awareness of diversity across cultures and markets.
In a company with a global mindset, people view cultural and geographic diversity as opportunities to exploit and are prepared to adopt successful practices and good ideas wherever they come from. Today, IE supports flagship educational and cultural exchange programs and assists scholars.
Over the years, a propensity and ability to see common patterns across countries and markets have emerged and it has become increasingly relevant to communities of learners and their families across continents.
The development of a global and interconnected mindset has made people view their cultural and geographic identities as multifaceted and increasingly complex, always developing and mutually interchangeable.
The twin forces of ideological change and technology revolution are making globalization one of the most important issues companies face today. As such, international education and cultivating a global mindset are prerequisites to becoming a global company or society.
So, let’s focus more on the international education which is apparently playing a quite significant role as a pedagogical system. The common definition of the international school is a place where promotes international education, in an international environment, either by adopting a curriculum such as that of the International Baccalaureate (IB Schools), Edexcel or Cambridge Assessment, or by following a national curriculum different from that of the school’s country of residence. These schools cater mainly to students who are not nationals of the host country, such as the children of the staff of international businesses, international organizations, foreign embassies, missions, or missionary programs. Many local students attend these schools to learn the language of the international school and to obtain qualifications for employment or higher education in a foreign country.
At a conference in Italy in 2009, the International Association of School Librarianship came up with a list of criteria for describing an international school, including:
- Transferability of the student’s education across international schools.
- A moving population (higher than in state schools or public schools).
- Multinational and multilingual student body.
- An international curriculum.
- International accreditation (e.g. Council of International Schools, International Baccalaureate, North Eastern Accrediting Commission for Schools, Western Association of Schools and Colleges).
- A transient and multinational teacher population.
- Non-selective student enrollment.
- Usually English or French as language of instruction, plus the obligation to take on at least one additional language.
Hannah Smith of The Guardian wrote in 2013 that many students of the international schools move between countries and places constantly. Several reported that they feel they have no place where they have roots or a background to call home. The graduate students from these schools have no sense of boundaries and feel what a global village really is. It shows how important education and its approach can be!
We have educational systems in which instead of creative, open-minded, risk-taker and inquirer students, a bunch of robots graduate who have no sense of the world around, and not mentally nor physically are ready to join the society.
The result of many studies even show that these students are not confident enough to know what they are willing to study in the college or university, because the educational system didn’t give them the chance to know themselves and explore their talents to make sure what they are good at and what they’re not.
In the contrary, international schools give the freedom of building strong, confident and knowledgeable personalities who can travel, study and work worldwide. And this is the main mission of these schools.
To provide the society with the students who are
capable of thinking beyond the borders and geographical
limitations, introducing a young generation who are ready
to rule the world and make it a better place.