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文章johnney » 11月 週二 07, 2006 9:32 am

“Globalization,” a concept so fascinating and yet so remote at the same time, has always been a goal of every civil state. An Italian scholar once said, “Globalization is a spell that has been caste upon the world, a naughty kid that has gone out of control, a light that has been turned-on in an empty room.”

It is made clear that NCCU now aims to be one of the first-rate universities in the world. As a school that has been voted as the most conservative university in Taiwan, how can NCCU carry out this goal? Unless we can understand clearly what globalization is and what we want from globalization, any steps that the school is taking would be like walking in the fog.

If Globalization is about being bilingual or multi-lingual, then all NCCU students have definitely achieved it. If Globalization is about recruiting more international students or staffs, then NCCU has been successful as well. But neither is Globalization. Instead globalization should be about preparing our students for the world. It is about broadening our vision beyond the school’s fences and any country’s border. It is about acknowledging students that attaining high grades or working in a big company are not enough in this century. We should intrigue students’ curiosity, kindle their interest in experiencing other culture, and encourage them to be the top in the world, not just in their classes or jobs. We don’t need more international students who cannot even speak a word of mandarin, or more programs that is run strictly in English. What we want from Globalization is to nurture our skills and attitudes so as to position ourselves in the world with a torch in our hands. This is what we WANT from Globalization.

For that reason, there are a few steps the school could take in order to meet the student’s special needs of Globalization. First of all, with the government subsidy, NCCU needs to set up departments for Science and Engineering in order to be a multi-disciplinarily competent university. Secondly, while running programs strictly in English to attract foreign students, the school should also create English programs that are more accessible and practical for our native students. And those programs should not only include linguistic training, but also provide opportunities for current students to enrich their understanding of other cultures and to familiarize themselves with the world beyond Taiwan. From a student’ point of view, I would like to suggest some feasible approaches, such as setting up dual-degree programs by cooperating with a foreign university, or more scholarships and financial aids for students who wish to study a short-term course abroad. Last but not least, with the existing international students we have on campus, it will be a waste to leave this invaluable resource untapped. Our school ought to set up programs for local students and foreign students to socialize in a relaxing environment. As a school accommodation advisor, I have noticed that most of the foreign students love to make friends with local students, and yet with the language barrier and local students’ shyness, they end up spending times with other foreign students. However, it should be our responsibility to create programs such as language exchange sessions, cultural movie nights, or buddy programs that would then motivate students from both sides to get to know one another and shorten the distance in between.

Compared to other countries in Asia, Taiwan has been the most open-minded toward other cultures according to our history. And Taiwanese is also reputed for the amicable personality. However, while there are some students who perform active and motivated in many of our campus’ internationalization programs, most of the students are rather passive when it comes to expend their vision or enriching themselves with more experience and skills. Therefore, it is time for our school to provide inducements that will stimulate them to make more participation. At the same time, we need to remember the proverb that one cannot have the cake and eat it too. While focusing intensely on globalization, we should always pause and look at our own culture in order not to lose the locality.

姓名: 劉于嘉
職稱: 學生
單位: 法律系

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