“In higher education, there are multiple meanings of global citizenship. At perhaps the most general level, it suggests that being well educated in the 21st century requires an understanding of people and issues beyond the borders of one’s original home. Yet there is another, more transactional sense of global citizenship that often evident in the international programs of colleges and universities such as study abroad and overseas as internships. In this view, to be a global citizen means to be competitive in international labour markets.”—Time Higher Education.
The term “global citizenship” is becoming widely accepted and has become one of the universal phrases in higher education in recent years. It appears that one of the goals higher educations will be the development of global citizens. It appears that one of the goals higher education will be the development of global citizens. The UN report on the Global Citizenship Education (GCED) emphasized that “Education in a globalized world is increasingly putting emphasis on the importance of values, attitudes and communication skills as a critical complement to cognitive knowledge and skills.”
Developing graduates as global citizens is a central aim of internationalized university of the 21st century. The 21st century is characterized by ethnic and cultural diversity reflecting global flows of international students and domestic multiculturalism. Intercultural understanding is an important element in delivering a learning experience that prepares graduates for working and living in a global world.
BUC, as part of it’s strategy, have decided to emphasize three facets of Global Citizenship:
- Social responsibility (concern for others, society, and the environment).
- Global awareness and interconnectedness (understanding of world issues at large and as it relates to the Egyptian context).
- Public and civic engagement (engagement with local, regional and global community issues).
The proverb “Think global and act local” has become one of the key features of it’s internationalization Goals and objectives.
BUC thrives to develop a multicultural rich environment (both curricula, students and faculty) in order to prepare it’s graduates for the unprecedented Higher Education challenges of the 21st century.
The global citizenship values that we try to instill in our students are:
- To be aware of the wider world and has a sense of their own roles as a world citizen.
- To become socially active;
- To respect and value diversity
- To reflect and develop an understanding of how the world works
- To participate in the community ( at it’s wide definition that ranges from the local to the gobal )
- To act to ensure that the community (local and global) a more sustainable place.
In order to achieve these value, BUC is committed to teach it’s students the following skills:
- Problem solving.
- Decision making.
- Critical thinking.
- Communication and soft skills ; and
- Team work and team building.