Embrace globalisation, says uni leader

The president of Divine Word University (DWU) has encouraged staff and students to embrace globalisation and enable integral human development.

Fr Jan Czuba said during the launch of the 2012 academic year last Friday that the university community must prepare to keep up with the demands of globalisation as a way forward. Education Secretary, Dr Musawe Sinebare attended the launch.

Fr Czuba said while globalisation has it downside there were obvious rewards and he called on the University community to realise them. He said modern technology was one key element of globalization that those involved in higher education must use to keep up with the changes.

We must declare ourselves motivated by the values present in the DWU academic community, and work to reshape the very meaning of the term globalisation. Our understanding of globalisation should not be defined simply by economic terms and market considerations, he said.

 

This University offers important resources for reframing this understanding (of globalisation),

Fr Czuba said.

He said staff and students need to “explore and expand our range of global opportunities, as new technologies enable us to be more connected, we must be that much more connected to our local communities too.

“In our engagement with the local, we set the foundation to move forward with our work of advancing the betterment of humankind.

And he reminded staff that “Our first responsibility as educators is the development, the formation, of young people, and we have a responsibility to them for the development of their intellects and the shaping of their characters.

“The philosophy of this university seeks to instill in our students the habits of mind that will sustain this mission. And we seek to ensure that students are prepared to make a difference in our ever-changing global context.

He challenged the DWU community “to embrace new technologies—and not just for the obvious reasons.
“New technologies are changing our world, not only how we connect and communicate but also, and more important, how we make meaning in our world.

“Yet there is another way in which we must use technology.

“We will not meet the needs of our societies with the educational infrastructure that we have today. Anywhere you look in the world today there are irregularities in the education that people have and the education that people need.

“For example, we do not produce enough post-secondary graduates to meet the needs of our economy.
“There simply is not enough higher education today, and we will never be able to close the gap through the kinds of infrastructure that we had in our past. Globalisation demands that we "advance" to the resourceful development of new infrastructure and the creative use of new technologies.”

Fr Czuba also spoke of the need to acknowledge DWU’s responsibilities for the full human development in the country.