Sustaining lifelong education of global responsibility Implementing lifetime global spiral curriculum
The 21st century will be the century of education, predicted Allan E. Goodman, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Institute of International Education, USA. Global business will demand that future employees are familiar with societies beyond their own - and international student exchanges can help this happen. Goodman sketched a future 25 years from now in which there will be more students ready for college than have attended universities in previous world history. The institutions needed to meet such demand will be built not from bricks and mortar, but in cyberspace. As a result, the price of education will go down and become available for everyone, leading to a "revolution of mass education this century."
The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential is a collaboration between UIA and Mankind 2000, started in 1972. It is the result of an ambitious effort to collect and present information on the problems with which humanity is confronted, as well as the challenges such problems pose to concept formation, values and development strategies. Problems included are those identified in international periodicals but especially in the documents of some 60,000 international non-profit organizations, profiled in the Yearbook of International Organizations.
The Encyclopedia includes problems which such groups choose to perceive and act upon, whether or not their existence is denied by others claiming greater expertise. Indeed such claims and counter-claims figure in many of the problem descriptions in order to reflect the often paralyzing dynamics of international debate. In the light of the interdependence demonstrated among world problems in every sector, emphasis is placed on the need for approaches which are sufficiently complex to encompass the factions, conflicts and rival worldviews that undermine collective initiative towards a promising future.
Non-profit, apolitical, independent, and non-governmental in nature, the UIA has been a pioneer in the research, monitoring and provision of information on international organizations, international associations and their global challenges since 1907.