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 unique, experimental research work of the Union of International Associations. It is currently published as a searchable online platform with profiles of world problems, action strategies, and human values that are interlinked in novel and innovative ways. These connections are based on a range of relationships such as broader and narrower scope, aggravation, relatedness and more. By concentrating on these links and relationships, the Encyclopedia is uniquely positioned to bring focus to the complex and expansive sphere of global issues and their interconnected nature.
The initial content for the Encyclopedia was seeded from UIA’s Yearbook of International Organizations. UIA’s decades of collected data on the enormous variety of association life provided a broad initial perspective on the myriad problems of humanity. Recognizing that international associations are generally confronting world problems and developing action strategies based on particular values, the initial content was based on the descriptions, aims, titles and profiles of international associations.
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.