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Louaize pres simon ho

  1. 1. Shaping the Future Citizens:Fostering Intercultural Dialogueand Understanding Prof. Simon S.M. Ho Vice Rector, The University of Macau November 5, 2009 1
  2. 2. The Global Challenges/Crises On top of the physical limits, modern, industrial & globalized civilization is breeding pathological behaviour: alienation from others and from nature extreme competitiveness and greed media dominated by commercial interests cynicism politics Massive disruption caused by terrorism Loss of the instinct of human community Inter-cultural values conflicts How much alienation and misery can humanity experience without eventually damaging our collective psyche and soul?2
  3. 3. The Global Challenges/Crises Isolated unyielding difficulties/challenges will be merging into a tight and unyielding web of crisis: Financial / economic Ecological / environmental Human relation Identity / spiritual Reaching critical thresholds in the next 15 years a whole-system crisis3
  4. 4. The Global Challenges/Crises Human beings need to be collectively awake, to respond, choose and act promptly & wisely. A choice for a sustainable, satisfying & soulful society. What is the role & functions of university education in fostering inter-cultural dialogue and understanding?4
  5. 5. Global Opportunities Four contextual factors of transformation: A new perceptual paradigm, worldview or mindset Global media / ICT revolution Choice of living sustainably, satisfying & soulfully Restoring the instinct of human community Storing the power of trust, respect and love5
  6. 6. Humanity’s 3rd Revolution Failure or success will hinge upon our choice making on reaching this turning point in human evolution. 2 choices: either pull together & co-operate (a shared journey) or pull part & compete (a divided journey). Life of separation & division connection & co- operation New partnerships among people/cultures6
  7. 7. Humanity’s 3rd Revolution Diverse networks of communication will be vital to the burst of inter-connection. These will extend from small group discussion to mass global dialogue via the Internet. Positive visions can be a catalyst for positive actions. The foundation is the individual, the family & the educational institutions.7
  8. 8. Promoting Internationalization In form: Internationalized student/faculty population Universities signing student/faculty exchange & co- operation agreements, International/overseas expereinces joint programmes/activities In substance: Adopting international teaching, curriculum, & contents Nurturing students with global languages, visions, attitude, mindset, and leadership8
  9. 9. Promoting Internationalization Moving away from simply being aware of globalization to being actively engaged in the process of globalization Internationalization has multi-dimensions, except cross-cultural diversity in students/faculty, also a process and a mindset Need an overarching internationalization strategy9
  10. 10. Switching Cultural Codes Different cultural expectations can place university students in uncomfortable situations. Students, by learning to ‘switch’ behaviors, can adapt more successfully to another culture’s value system (not just etiquette), while staying true to their own. Courses developing students’ cross-cultural fluency and preparing them to work, learn and live in a global economy. Using interactive learning activities like role-playing in interviews, business meetings and networking talks.10
  11. 11. Switching Cultural Codes Conflicts of cultural values: Humility vs self-promotion Overly-positive vs deferential ‘We’ vs ‘I’ harmony vs insist on one’s views or debating11
  12. 12. Switching Cultural Codes Respect/appreciate alternative perspectives/values Management of emotion Striking a balance and developing a ‘zone of appropriateness’12
  13. 13. Questions are welcome13

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