International education

The term international education can mean many different things and its definition is debated. Some have defined two general meanings to the concept of international education in regard to students. The first refers to education that transcends national borders through the exchange of people, as in study abroad. The second, explored in depth here, is a comprehensive approach to education that intentionally prepares students to be active and engaged participants in an interconnected world.

Understanding of a broad array of phenomena is enhanced and deepened through examination of the cultures, languages, environmental situations, governments, political relations, religions, geography, and history of the world. While definitions vary in the precise language used, international education is generally taken to include:

# Knowledge of other world regions & cultures;
# Familiarity with international and global issues;
# Skills in working effectively in global or cross-cultural environments, and using information from different sources around the world;
# Ability to communicate in multiple languages; and
# Dispositions towards respect and concern for other cultures and peoples.

International Education is also a major part of international development. Professionals and students wishing to be a part of international education development are able to learn through organizations and university and college programs. Organizations around the world use education as a means to development. The United Nations Millennium Development Goals include to education specific goals:

Millennium Development Goals

achieve universal primary education in all countries by 2015 and eliminate gender disparity in primary and secondary education by 2005

Other mention of education in regard to international development: Education For All (EFA): international stategy to operazionalize the Dakar Framework for Action; The World Education Forum (Dakar 2000) agreed to reach 6 goals by 2015:o expand early childhood care and educationo improve access to complete, free schooling of good quality for all primary school-age childreno greatly increase learning opportunities for youth and adultso improve adult literacy rates by 50%o eliminate gender disparities in schoolingo improve all aspects of education quality.

Dakar Framework for Action (

UN Decade of Education for Sustainable Development (2005–2014)-highlight the central role of education in the pursuit of sustainable development.

"See also" comparative education; and Liberalism, Realism, Power Transition Theory,International Development, as focus areas that provide insight into international phenomena relevant to "International Education."

International Education both as a field of study focusing on study abroad and preparing students for international occupations as well as as an active part of international development is taught in many colleges and universities around the world.

List of Colleges and Universities offering courses specifically in International Education

Harvard Graduate School of Education http://www.hgse.harvard.eduInternational Education Policy program

The George Washington University http://www.gwu.eduGraduate School of Education and Human Development http://gsehd.gwu.eduProgram: International Education

American University http://www.american.eduSchool of Education, Teaching, and Health International Training and Education

NYU Steinhardt School of Culture, Education, and Human DevelopmentProgram: International Education

Indiana University, Bloomington International Studies

Penn State of EducationProgram: Comparative and International Education

University of Massachusetts http://www.umass.eduGraduate School of Education International Education for International Education (CIE)

University of California, Irvine

List of Organizations involved in International Educational Development

UNESCO UNESCO is a specialized agency of the United Nations established in 1945. Its stated purpose is to contribute to peace and security by promoting international collaboration through education, science, and culture in order to further universal respect for justice, the rule of law, and the human rights and fundamental freedoms proclaimed in the UN Charter.

United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) www.unicef.orgUNICEF is currently focused on 5 primary priorities: Child Survival and Development, Basic Education and Gender Equality (including girls' education), Child protection from violence, exploitation and abuse, HIV/AIDS and children, and Policy advocacy and partnerships for children’s rights.

United National High Commission for Refugees (UNHCR) The Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees is mandated to lead and co-ordinate international action to protect refugees and resolve refugee problems worldwide. Its primary purpose is to safeguard the rights and well-being of refugees. It strives to ensure that everyone can exercise the right to seek asylum and find safe refuge in another State, with the option to return home voluntarily, integrate locally or to resettle in a third country.

United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) UNDP is the UN's global development network, an organization advocating for change and connecting countries to knowledge, experience and resources to help people build a better life. It is on the ground in 166 countries, working with them on their own solutions to global and national development challenges. As they develop local capacity, they draw on the people of UNDP and our wide range of partners.

United States Agency for International Development (USAID) USAID is an independent agency that provides economic, development and humanitarian assistance around the world in support of the foreign policy goals of the United States. USAID is the principal U.S. agency to extend assistance to countries recovering from disaster, trying to escape poverty, and engaging in democratic reforms.

World Bank International Development Program (IDP) The International Development Association (IDA) is the part of the World Bank that helps the world’s poorest countries. Established in 1960, IDA aims to reduce poverty by providing interest-free credits and grants for programs that boost economic growth, reduce inequalities and improve people’s living conditions.

The Carnegie Corporation- International Development Program (IDP) International Development Program (IDP) was established in 1999 for the express purpose of carrying out Carnegie Corporation activities in sub-Saharan Africa. IDP “attempt [s] to strengthen a limited number of Commonwealth African universities to serve as models of successful transformation, assist the cause of women’s higher education there, and position selected African public libraries for the information age.”

The International Economic Development Council, IEDC, [] based in Washington, DC provides the leading source of education for economic developers at all levels. Courses are offered throughout the year in different geographical locations, ranging from basic economic development courses to Certified Economic Development programs.

International Development Exchange IDEX is a non-profit organization that partners with grassroots groups in Africa, Asia, and Latin America, while actively engaging and educating North Americans in the challenges facing communities in these regions.

Academy for Educational Development www.aed.orgAED is a bridge, a link between the problem and the solution, the need and the resource, people and their potential. It is an independent, nonprofit organization committed to solving critical social problems and building the capacity of individuals, communities, and institutions to become more self-sufficient. AED works in all the major areas of human development, with a focus on improving education, health, and economic opportunities for the least advantaged in the United States and developing countries throughout the world.

National Association of Development Organizations www.nado.orgThe National Association of Development Organizations provides advocacy, education, research and training for the nation's regional development organizations. Building on nearly four decades of experience, the association offers its members exclusive access to a variety of services and benefits -- all of which are designed to enhance the ability of regional development organizations to foster "regional solutions" to local government, business and community needs.

Society for International Development www.sidw.orgSociety for International Development is a global network of individuals and institutions concerned with development. In its pursuit for social justice and institutional change, SID plays an important mediating and facilitating role among progressive civil society groups, connecting activists, intellectuals, academics and policy-makers working at community, national and international level.

Institute of International Education (IIE) www.iie.orgInformation about IIE international training programs, research on international education issues, and IEE services for students, advisers, or human resources professionals.

United Nations The purposes of the United Nations, as set forth in the Charter, are to maintain international peace and security; to develop friendly relations among nations; to cooperate in solving international economic, social, cultural and humanitarian problems and in promoting respect for human rights and fundamental freedoms; and to be a centre for harmonizing the actions of nations in attaining these ends.

[|] : supports those engaged in international education and exchange and global workforce development programs with educational programs, conferences, and publications. publishes the journal "International Educator" to encourage dialogue about the importance of international education and the current challenges faced by those supporting it.

International Education Collaborative www.intled.orgThe International Education Collaborative (IEC) exists to provide advocacy for and facilitate collaboration among institutions of higher learning concerned with international education issues, most particularly international student recruitment. The International Education Collabortive seeks to develop and share best practices, tools, and technology to empower each geographic region/state to achieve maximum impact in worldwide marketing and student recruiting efforts.

List of the Academic Journals

* [ Analytical Reports in International Education]
* [ Asia-Pacific Journal of Teacher Education] 1. American Educational Research Journal

2. Chinese Education and Society- Focus on educational development and the confluence between NGO’s with the development of China’s education.

3. Chronicle of Higher Education

4. Comparative Education

5. Contemporary Politics

6. Educational Review

7. Environmental Education Research- Focus on sustainable development, educational development and environmental education.

8. Higher Education

9. Higher Education in Europe

10. Higher Education: The International Journal of Higher Education and Educational Planning- Focus on sustainable development, profession education, curriculum development and environmental education.

11. Intercultural Education

12. International Journal of Educational Development

13. International Review of Education

14. Journal of Developing Studies

15. Journal of Education for International Development

16. Journal of Education Policy

17. Journal of Geography in Higher Education-Focus on professional development, sustainable development, curriculum development, and higher education.

18. Journal of Humanistic Counseling, and Educational Development

19. Journal of Studies In International Education.

20. Studies in Higher Education- Focus on education development, faculty development and professional development.

21. Teaching in Higher Education- Focus on intellectual development.

22. The Development Education Journal

23. National Center for Education Statistics- Focus on faculty development, program development and public schools.


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Further reading

*Scanlon, D. G. (ed.). (1960). "International Education: A Documentary History". New York: Bureau of Publications: Teachers College, Columbia University.
*Vestal, T.M. (1994). "International Education: Its History and Promise for Today". London: Praeger.
*Valeau, E.J., Raby, R.L, (eds.), et. al. (2007). "International Reform Efforts and Challenges in Community Colleges". New Direction for Community Colleges, No. 138. San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.

External links

* [ NAFSA: Association of International Educators] : NAFSA serves its members, their institutions and organizations, and others engaged in international education and exchange and global workforce development.
* [ Asia Society International Education]
* [] International Schools Services
* [ Testimony on International Education before the Subcommittee on Select Education, House Committee on Education and the Workforce ]
* [ National Geographic EdNet]
* [ Oxfam Education]
* [ Education for Global Leadership: The Importance of International Studies and Foreign Language Education for U.S. Economic and National Security] - U.S. Committee for Economic Development
* [ Global Rhode Island]
* [ International Education Week (IEW)] , a joint initiative of the U.S. Dept. of State and the U.S. Dept. of Education
* [ Current Challenges of International Education] = From the Education Resources Information Center Clearinghouse on Higher Education Washington, DC.

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