We must think global, not bury our heads in the sand

Instead of facing up to global challenges, a large number of citizens have stuck their heads into the sandpit of nationalism, but colleges can help to open up horizons

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The phrase “think global, act local” has for decades been a rallying cry for environmentalists concerned about the effect of people’s actions on the health of the planet. The same slogan should surely apply to education.

There are students of 67 nationalities enrolled at my college. Come and visit; in any classroom you’ll see the diversity that characterises London. Typically, in a class of 20 you’ll find students whose parents are from more than a dozen countries, speaking 20 or more languages. These are not overseas recruits – they are young British citizens living and developing their ...

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