The impact of globalisation on higher education : achieving a balance between local and global needs and realities.

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dc.contributor.author Meyer, Marius
dc.contributor.author Bushney, Melanie
dc.contributor.author Ukpere, Wilfred I.
dc.date.accessioned 2012-10-31T10:04:36Z
dc.date.available 2012-10-31T10:04:36Z
dc.date.issued 2011
dc.identifier.citation Meyer, M., Bushney, M., & Ukpere, W.I. The impact of globalisation on higher education : achieving a balance between local and global needs and realities. African Journal of Business Management, 5(15):6569-6578. en_US
dc.identifier.issn 1993-8233
dc.identifier.uri http://hdl.handle.net/10210/8005
dc.description.abstract The business world has changed dramatically over the last decade to address the reality of globalisation in the sphere of business. However, most universities have remained intact as local universities servicing local needs of citizens studying at their closest universities. For instance, a small number of universities have managed to attract students from other provinces, countries and regions. The question arises: to what extent have universities in South Africa embraced to the reality of globalisation? Are higher education institutions preparing students to work globally, or do they still function as institutions operating with a local mindset for a local market? Although South African universities have been widely criticised for not producing graduates meeting the needs of the local economy, these institutions are now challenged to prepare students for global markets. Only one local university achieved a ranking in the top hundred universities in the world according to the latest international ranking of universities. This reality poses several challenges for universities, for example, globalising curriculum to meet global needs and realities, as well as sourcing more academics from different parts of the world to infuse a global focus in the development and delivery of a global curriculum. Similarly, local universities are expected to play a key role in the socio-economic transformation of South Africa, while being challenged to meet international standards. This dichotomy places severe strain on the resources of universities, of which many may not be ready to compete globally, especially in the light of the rapid growth of private higher education, and big business, resorting to corporate universities to meet their needs. This paper seeks to determine the impact of globalisation on higher education with specific recommendations for achieving a balance between global and local higher education needs and realities. en_US
dc.language.iso en en_US
dc.publisher Academic Journals en_US
dc.rights © Academic Journals. 2011. Available online at http://www.academicjournals.org/AJBM. DOI: 10.5897/AJBM11.205 en_US
dc.subject Universities - South Africa en_US
dc.subject Globalisation and higher education en_US
dc.subject Global curriculum en_US
dc.subject International standards en_US
dc.subject Corporate universities en_US
dc.subject Local needs en_US
dc.title The impact of globalisation on higher education : achieving a balance between local and global needs and realities. en_US
dc.type Article en_US

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