Why Do International Students Hate Online Learning? Lombardi

When we were caught running for our lives out of China the other day, it was only natural that everyone was whispering about the tensions between the West and Beijing. As anyone with even a passing knowledge of the current situation in China knows, it’s a difficult time for the country as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) faces regular calls for political reform.

Why Do International Students Hate Online Learning? Lombardi

This week, I arrived in Delhi to help my university with an assessment of the impact of internationalization on the student experience. I am a journalism professor at Northwestern University, and the field of international education is part of my specialty.

“Education is the best tool for bringing us together as humans, not tearing us apart,” I read early in my weeklong visit. It is an inspiring statement from a Chinese businessman and now chairman of Johnson & Johnson who has described his vision to one billion people.

What if we were able to empower students around the world to own their own opportunities, to master digital skills, to live and lead more productive lives?

U.S. President Donald Trump famously described immigration as “insanity”, and Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is debating whether our country should continue to accept refugees. His response to U.S. voters demanding his passport: “Go back to where you came from.”

As of 2017, the United States admitted 86,000 international students — a 25-year low. If global studies are to become a reality, we must bring our school systems closer together, and change the teaching model.

Lola, a student from Nigeria, is already ahead of me, and she fits into the U.S. student landscape like a jewel on a chain. She began her program as a first-year North Carolina State graduate, transferred to North Carolina University (NCU) and completed her undergraduate work at NCU with a bachelor’s degree in English. She had the summer to prepare for the Global Grant Fellowship program, an intense exchange and internship opportunity involving global business students at NCU, Harvard and New York University. And she passed her exams. It was a perfect way to enter the tech industry.

Speaking at a speech at Columbia University, Nellie Mae Harvey, formerly of the Carnegie Corporation of New York, predicts that the demand for a workforce equipped with digital skills, combined with employment opportunities and tightening labor markets, means that our educational systems are in real need of an overhaul. Businesses will demand that skilled workers are in the United States. Businesses will also require that the workforce (in terms of education and skill) includes diverse people and teams.

In just a few months, America’s 350+ English language schools will graduate a quarter of a million students, and many of them will either attend colleges and universities in the United States or pursue graduate degrees abroad. The gains for our schools are great, but what is the benefit for their students?

Still, something exciting is brewing in this country. Leaders and support organizations are developing innovative new ways to serve international students, launching programs like the Global Grant Initiative (GCI), USA Together and Open Doors 2018.

These programs address the growing demand for our global leaders to understand various cultures. Their experiences allow them to make more educated decisions and to better serve their own countries.

There are opportunities to expand innovative secondary and university programs that meet educational needs around the world. Education for the Global Public and Higher Education for Global Publics (eUSDHES) provides technical support to support the development of programs that are locally relevant.

At Northwestern University, I live in a world that is increasingly global, and I am inspired to find new ways to leverage this. My work stems from my need to connect cultures and enhance education for students worldwide. We can no longer assume that all students come to our country for the only way to get the education they will need for the future.

As the father of four, I am concerned about their future. I want my kids to have the chance to attain an education, even if in the process they must leave their homes and country to do so.

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