International Journal of Business and Social Science

ISSN 2219-1933 (Print), 2219-6021 (Online) DOI: 10.30845/ijbss

“Think globally, act locally”: ‘Glocalization’ in Taiwanese Higher Education
Ching-Yi Tien, Paul C. Talley

The expression of “Think globally, act locally” directs listeners to actively participate in the process of globalization and internationalization. This study focuses on teachers’ and students’ perceptions of what this rhetorical phrase means to them and what actions should be instructed in the classroom. Three research questions asked in this study are: first, what are the participants’ perceptions of what the expression “Think globally, act locally” means? Second, what skills / knowledge do the participants’ think they require so they are able to “Think globally, act locally”? Third, what courses should be offered to students so they may “Think globally, act locally”, or so-called “glocalization” to take place, in answer to this intention? The results of the study suggest that institutions should articulate more specific global competencies for their students overall. Syllabi should be revised to include positive learning outcomes that reflect the spirit embedded in this phrase.

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