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European Education System: Failing To Prepare Students For Globalized World
In the last few decades, the world has transformed at a rapid pace into a more globalized community. However, argues Dominic Sachsenmaier, a history professor at Yale University, education in some nations has not always kept pace.

In an article on YaleGlobalOnline, Sachsenmaier writes that Chinese students, for example, “possess greater levels of transcultural competence and global consciousness than their equals in Europe.”

He adds: “In China common knowledge about the West is not only spread by the education system and official channels but also through popular culture, movies, the internet and even highbrow literature. Chinese students gain much information about the Europe and North America. The opposite is hardly the case in most of Europe where Asian literature and art remain a niche for aficionados and where there is little broad societal interest in the non-Western world.”

For Europeans this means that their educational system appears to be in direct contradiction to Europe’s history of promoting discovery,  openness and intellectual cosmopolitanism. Furthermore, he writes, Europeans will face an “education gap” that will “affect the available pool of highly qualified labor for a globalizing economy.”

African Refugees Face Difficult Struggle To Flee To Europe
Maximilian Popp offers insight into the struggle many African refugees face when they arrive in Europe.

Popp tells the story through the eyes of Sekou Kone, a refugee from Liberia, who is trying for the third time to relocate to Europe.

According to the United Nations, in 2011, an estimated 56,000 people fled by boat from African countries to Italy, which has some of the more generous asylum policies in the European Union.

“Few manage to find work and a place to stay. They vegetate in parks or in slums like the Ghetto in Apulia, where they have no medical care. The refugees have become the targets of attacks by right-wing radicals. The men work for low wages in the fields or in construction. The women prostitute themselves,” Popp writes of the trials many face when they leave Africa.

Climate Change: How Six Cities Are Implementing Adaption Plans
InsideClimate profiles six world cities that are moving forward with aggressive plans to adapt to global warming and climate change. While approximately 20 percent of cities around the globe have developed adaptation strategies, many still lag behind. There is much that we can learn from these cities – from New York City to Durban, South Africa – that have adopted forward-thinking strategies.

Sunday Interview
The Washington Post interviews Israeli Finance Minister Yair Lapid, a rising political star in his homeland, on issues from the budget to his vision for peace in Israel.

Memo To The Russian Energy Sector, Reform Thyself
Holly Ellyatt says Russia must reform its energy sector if it hopes to remain a global power. Currently, Russia is the most oil-dependent of the world’s 10 largest economies, with oil and gas accounting for 50 percent of federal government revenues and up to 20 percent of gross domestic product.









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