Professor Yasemin Soysal (University of Essex) ‘Global Citizens or Global Individuals? “Cosmopolitan” Orientations Among Tertiary Education Student’

21 November 2019, 5.00 PM - 21 November 2019, 7.00 PM

10 Woodland Road G4/5

Centre for Ethnicity and Citizenship Seminar Series

Professor Yasemin Soysal (University of Essex)

‘Global Citizens or Global Individuals? “Cosmopolitan” Orientations Among Tertiary Education Student’

Recent decades have seen higher education systems being increasingly embedded within a global framework of competition. Rankings and excellence schemes help diffuse universalistic templates of university and its purpose. They not only facilitate a global imaginary of university as an “organizational actor” (through transnational benchmarks of excellence), but also facilitate standardized conceptions of higher education student, self-motivated, agentic, and globally oriented, who can easily move and learn across national borders and higher education systems. In such imaginaries, both the university and student are projected as global citizens.

Drawing upon an ongoing research project, a multi-sited survey of Chinese higher education students in China and Europe (with control groups of European students), I will offer individual level analysis to elaborate how dominant conceptions of global citizenship frame student aspirations, self-projections, and orientations.

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