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Internationality Brings New Horizons to Education


By André Lemos – Director of Internationality at UnP

Education is becoming increasingly globalized. Nowadays, possibilities have expanded for everyone. This is a natural and inherent consequence of the phenomenon in question. In this setting, new challenges are emerging. The very planning and structuring of a teaching career exemplifies this.

The teacher’s profession is undergoing a marketing makeover.  Qualifications and knowledge of the world are more apparent.   There is no disconnect from international elements, but rather a great interdependency.  Teaching examples and materials exhibit global origins – there’s no denying it!

At present, the basis of education is “saturated” in internationality, as exemplified by continuing education courses that are now required for the teaching profession, such as master’s programs and doctorates, with a considerable international course load.  Regardless of the field, reading and study are intercontinental.  International modules are present in teaching programs, even eminently practical ones such as MBA’s.

The aim is to provide a greater foundation for the present and future opinion shaper: the teacher.  As noted, teaching programs of study are in tune with this opening of horizons that education is experiencing.   It’s an opportunity.  Professors must make the most of this moment and all that it offers, and face up to the current market situation, which is far more demanding.  This is a standing challenge.

The constant search for continuing education courses that are also free, certification of instruction and international degrees, are facilitated by education without borders.  Think back to how hard it was a few years ago to find knowledge through study-abroad programs, even through the innovative method of “e-learning.”  Today they are right in front of us, or rather, fully within our reach. Not to take advantage of this would be to assume a posture of academic inefficacy.  Stagnation.  

The enhancement of knowledge is facilitated. Globalization has brought with it more opportunities.  The cost is affordable considering that there are so many options.  Lex mercatoria [‘Merchant’s Law’]. The paradigm is self-contained. It’s a matter of achieving, wanting and doing.  It depends exclusively on wisdom and opportunity.  There are barriers, but they are not insuperable.  It’s up to us to break down the barriers of language and age, and “get out of our comfort zones.”

About the Author

Universidade Potiguar

The Universidade Potiguar - UNP maintained by the Potiguar Society for Education and Culture - APEC, is headquartered in London and is part of the Federal Teaching System. Founded in 1981 under the name School of Business, Accounting and Economics - UNIPEC received accreditation as in 1996 UNIVERSITY (DOU 20/12/1996), and, to date, the only private university operating in Rio Grande do Norte.