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KYRIAKOS KOUVELIOTIS

President & CEO, Atheneum Liberal Studies

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THE "GLOBAL DEGREE". A CONCISE AND INNOVATIVE PROPOSAL THAT WILL REVOLUTIONIZE INTERNATIONAL HIGHER EDUCATION

The global developments and the contemporary international setting dictate more than ever the reorientation of the existing educational structures and the creation of new ones, in order to respond to the new challenges that countries and students are facing. The formulation and development of a new educational structure and mode such as the proposed “Global Degree” comes to fill this gap. This new educational norm based on the Methodology of the “International Academic Credit” (IAC), which will be globally established, will create solutions for making learning more targeted, flexible, updated and applicable. The “Global Degree Project” will also accommodate life - long learning and continuous education programs.It will work on a parallel route with conventional degrees offered by Universities around the globe and it should not aim to substitute the existing higher education structures. The Institutions that will participate in the “Global Degree Project” will sign an “International Academic Treaty” and adopt the “International Academic Credit” (IAC) as a parallel system to those that they already use. Participating Institutions could then award a “Global Degree” to successful graduates without abolishing awarding their traditional ones. “Global Degrees” will acquire the same academic and professional rights as conventional ones in the country of the awarding Institution and globally where possible. “Global Degrees” will have an additional distinct logo and watermark in order to be distinguished from the conventional ones that Institutions award.
Each student accumulates the newly established “International Academic Credits” (IACs) as he/ she did so far with traditional credits or ECTS for instance, with the distinctive difference that the location, the time, the mode of learning and the institution are now placed on a different layer and they do not constitute constraints but opportunities for flexible learning and continuing education processes.

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Closing Statement from KYRIAKOS KOUVELIOTIS

The global developments and the contemporary international setting dictate more than ever the reorientation of the existing educational structures and the creation of new ones, in order to face the new challenges that countries and students are facing. In Europe, in particular, with the current economic crisis the need for distance and hybrid education will have a huge increase since as a process it requires less financial resources and it is feasible in parallel to professional activities. Additionally, it is compatible with European Union’s sustainablity framework which has to be adopted in the immediate future.
It is apparent that the latest development in the domain of technology have changed the methodology of higher education as well. In this framework, a new structural model in International Education has to be developed and then adopted.

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    Feb 27 2012: I love this idea! It should eliminate the way-too-expensive education now offered by our colleges. Current tuitions pay for University salaries, buildings, etc. These will all be eliminated with an online Global degree.
    I am going to check out the Global Degree Project to see if I can help.
    I just realized that Kyriakos is suggesting a parallel degree that will put a Global stamp on a current degree. I would say we shouldnt waste our time. We are way too close to creating JUST Global degrees and eliminating the high cost of higher education. This will eliminate Capitalisms role in the business of Universities, allow low-cost degrees for everyone, and ultimately incree technological advancement towards (hopefully) a better World.
  • Mar 20 2012: I love the idea. When does it start. I want to sign up.

    In this rapidly changing society, it becomes more and more necessary to learn new skills constantly. THis is a wonderful way to do it.
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    Mar 18 2012: Dear Kevin,
    Many thanks for your feedback. Obviously, I am also very keen in just go for just Global Degrees but the parallel option I am suggesting, at least for the first years, could serve first as tool to make the transition smoother and second it would not create friction from the Institutions themselves. It will be easier for a University, especially of a high caliber, to agree to participate in the Global Degree Project without abolishing its own Degrees.