Why Internationalism is Important
Recently, Wittenborg University of Applied Sciences hosted approximately 110 students from the Christelijk Lyceum Apeldoorn, whose purpose it was to learn about internationalism. And where better than at Wittenborg, which currently boasts almost 100 different nationalities in terms of its student population?
One of the highlights was a presentation from Wittenborg MBA student and Australian educationalist Linda Harwood, who explained that internationalism means political, economical, and cultural cooperation between nations. She also emphasised why it is important for students to care about internationalism. "It is easy to get caught up in your own everyday routine with the assumption that your thoughts and actions do not have an effect on others. We are all affected by other countries and cultures."
Harwood then drew attention to the different customs and ways of doing business in different societies, citing traditions from Asia vs those of Western countries. Harwood also made the session interactive by asking questions during the presentation, and rewarding students who answered correctly with a souvenir from Australia.
After her session, the students were divided into 10 groups to work on a presentation. Wittenborg's Communication and Events Coordinator, Nadia Zaman, said: "For this session, we had 10 of our Wittenborg student volunteers from 10 different countries to lead the groups to create a flipchart presentation about their own country. The countries were Austria, Bangladesh, Georgia, India, Iran, Italy, Malaysia, Russia, Spain & Sri Lanka. Each group then had 5 minutes to present their country to the other groups without mentioning the country itself."
by James Wittenborg
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