- KYRIAKOS KOUVELIOTIS
President & CEO, Atheneum Liberal Studies
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.
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.