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Are Caribbean Tertiary-level Intuitions ready for Globalization? Challenges and Rewards

Transforming Teacher Education at all Levels

Discussant Information

Mrs. Barbara Parris

Author Information:

Dr. Errol Bolden

errolbolden@gmail.com
Darrin Wright

Keywords:

Global Engagement, Social Entrepreneurship and Community Development.

Presentation Information:

Presentation #: 6
Date: 1st June, 2015
Time: 3:15 pm - 4:45 pm
Location: KHAIROON EAST (Room 1)

Abstract:

If Caribbean Tertiary-level intuitions are to subscribe to Comprehensive Internationalization and Global Engagement, there are some fundamental issues that must be addressed, some of a philosophical nature and others at a practical level of discourse. ?The authors see these discussions as critical to assess, and suggest that a paradigm shift as it relates to?organizational and pedagogical culture is clearly needed if such efforts are to be appropriately embraced and have successful outcomes for all key stakeholders. ?While much has been achieved, Caribbean Tertiary-level intuitions still have a long way to go in supplying graduates with advanced skills to meet the needs of nation building. Most importantly, the region faces significant new trends in the global environment. These include, but are not limited to, increased global competition, the emergence of a world wide market for talent, and a growing importance of knowledge and skills as a source of value. In this dynamic environment, there is a critical need for graduates with higher-ordered skills ?who are able to perform independent analyses, process complex information, and use acquired knowledge to be innovative in such areas as, social entrepreneurship and community-development.?In this presentation, the authors? will address how globalization could potentially enhance education as a service modality for the region; and how globalization could impact nation building and its labor force.