The Importance Of Intercultural Education

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“The essence of intercultural education is the acquisition of empathy--the ability to see the world as others see it, and to allow for the possibility that others may see something we have failed to see, or may see it more accurately …” [From the Price of Empire]
The above-mentioned quote has always been a constant reminder of the genesis of my interest in culture and education, an interest that now evolved into an aspiration and a pursuit for a career in the field of international education and development. I started as an exchange student in the early years of undergraduate studies in a small college town in Ohio- Ashland University as part of a sponsored program by the US Department of State. The grogram was supervised and monitored by a group of young graduates from Yale University, MIT, and Princeton University who were vigorous and highly intelligent displaying an impressive teaching expertise. I was particularly fascinated by their original and unique teaching methodology. I came to realize that education should be dominated by advanced concepts, assisted by effective teaching strategies, and reinforced by a global understanding that is essential for bringing out a greater social role from education.
As I endeavor into the professional world, I came to realize that the simple purpose of the exchange program was to erode the culturally rooted mistrust that sets individuals and nations against one another. The exchange program is not a panacea but an avenue of hope.
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