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New HE term GLOCAL education


Have you ever come across a definition “Glocal student”? According to the definition of  Dr. Rahul Choudaha, director of Research & Advisory Services at World Education Services, glocal students are students who have global aspirations, but prefer to stay in their home country or region for education.


The Association of South East Asian Nations (Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand) is predicted to have 100 million people with middle class spending patterns by 2020, thus taking a lead in a new type of international student - the so-called ‘glocal’ student.


The question arises, if glocal students from ASEAN countries will represent the future of transnational education.


If we regard the motto of the United Nations “Think globally, act locally” we can maintain that in a globalized economy, every student should be educated as an international student, a global citizen with the aspiration to compete globally. Still, not all students get access to the world’s most competitive and expensive universities due to financial conditions or lack of outstanding talent.


Nowadays transnational education (education for students based in a different country to the degree-awarding institution) is becoming increasingly popular as it offers students a number of advantages, like international experience, affordability, lower English language requirements and less competitive admission standards.


Asia offers great opportuninities both for business and for education, especially such countries as China, India and ASEAN countries. The ASEAN countries are home to 600 million people, with a combined nominal GDP of US$ 2.1 trillion in 2012, predicted to grow at an annual rate of 5.5% in 2013.


What is also striking is their economic ambition: by 2015, ASEAN aims to integrate the whole Southeast Asia region into the ‘ASEAN Economic Community (AEC)’, with free movement of goods, services, investment, labor, and capitals.


Concerning the development of southeast Asian universities, many ASEAN universities have improved their performance in this year’s QS University Rankings: Asia. For instance, in 2009 an ambitious plan was set up, aimed at creating a systematic mechanism to support the integration of universities across Southeast Asia. Student mobility, credit transfers, quality assurance and research clusters were identified as the four main priorities to harmonize the ASEAN higher education system, encompassing 6,500 higher education institutions and 12 million students in 10 nations. The ultimate goal of the scheme is to set up a Common Space of Higher Education in Southeast Asia.


All above-mentioned means that both students and universities from all over the world should seriously consider connecting themselves with ASEAN as this will be very beneficial for future success.


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