DEFYING AND OPPOSING THE
DICTATED BY THE MARKETIZATION OF HIGHER EDUCATION
UP College of Mass Communications Auditorium
February 12, 2014
DEFY AND OPPOSE THE
PSEUDO-INTERNATIONALIZATION DICTATED BY THE MARKETIZATION OF HIGHER
Synchronizing our local academic calendar to the needs and demands of Asian and other countries does not guarantee that graduates of our universities will automatically acquire “global outlook and global competencies”.
The much peddled “internationalization” does not necessarily rest on synchronized academic calendars of countries worldwide. Such unfounded claim simply disregard the rich cultural life and peculiar geographical conditions that define each country. Education, including its temporal dimension, is not disconnected with the rest of the cultural and environmental milieu of the community of learners. We cannot immediately disregard a long and time-tested tradition of opening classes in June for the simple reason of facilitating the flow of information, students, and academic goods.
For such drastic overhaul of tradition will impact on the rhythm of our social life and our cherished indigenous cultural rituals and festivals. Culturally, the “summer vacation” of students and their families will be drastically abolished. Festivals, fiestas will also be affected.
Second, as universities hold classes in summer, they will subject their students, teachers and personnel to harsh heat and chastising humidity.
Third, there is no assurance that there will be less rain, typhoons, and flooding during August as the phenomenon of global warming is considerably redefining our climate and the rest of the globe.
Fourth, synchronization of academic calendar is a form
of cultural homogenization that fulfills the prophesy of critical scholars
who presciently foresee that globalization will bulldoze local cultures
and will eventually create a Mcdonaldized education.
Internationalization has to address the wider economic
and political context, both regional and global, that define the general
contours and orientation of the culture of inquiry we want to create and
nurture as well as the learning environment of the students and faculty.
We can always change the calendar. But the entire philosophy that
underpins such change must be debated and carefully weighed. Jumping too
quickly into the bandwagon of internationalization is not necessarily
helpful for our nation. We have to pause and decelerate to think hard
about these questions: Whose internationalization? Internationalization
for what? Only when these major questions are put into the table for
discussion that we can rethink the mission and vision of the University as
both national and international in scope, and not just follow the policy
recommendations of bureaucrats who are often detached from real
intellectual life of the university.”
on all CBAers and the University to be one in our campaign to revisit the
Board's decision about our college's name. Let our voices be heard on the
next BOR meeting this February 27 and unite in our final stand!