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April 22, 2008 :: Conference Focuses on Global Education in Oklahoma

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The Governor’s Global Education Conference, held recently at Langston University in Tulsa, brought together 75 education stakeholders, business partners and government officials to focus on providing students with a broader international knowledge.

The focus of global education is the relationship of the world’s cultures and systems and the connections of human beings and their common fate, regardless of the national boundaries within which they live.

“It’s obvious that to succeed in today's global environment, students need to balance their education with the international skills which will allow them to better understand and work with people from other countries,” Chancellor Glen D. Johnson said. “Participation in global events on campuses, in our communities and at the state level are critically important to make Oklahoma students globally competitive and in a position to succeed in the world around them.”

Conference attendees heard how being educated globally prepares Oklahoma for the opportunities that will be available in the coming years. Attendees also learned about international trade agreements and partnerships, the necessity of having workers and business leaders in the state who have global capabilities and preparing teachers for the 21st century.

For example, Dr. James Claflin, Oklahoma recipient of the Dunhuang Award from China’s Gansu Provincial People’s Government, spoke of how he organized an exchange of doctors between the Gansu Province and Oklahoma. The partnership is a model of what can happen in education by building relationships with other cultures of the world for the mutual benefit of all.

For more information on global education in Oklahoma, visit www.okglobaled.org.