Anglosphere Rules Global Education Roost
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  • Corlyss

    “The prestige of American and British degrees brings hundreds of thousands of foreign students and faculty to their shores every year.”
    It’s reciprocal. American universities are so busy running remedial classes for ill-prepared Americans that it’s the foreign students that keep the universities’ ratings up. I’m sure they don’t come here to study crap like minority studies and women’s studies. They come here to learn things they can actually use to make money in the real world.

    • Anthony

      Sad to hear, but basically true.

  • Anthony

    Something seems a bit strange. How can Germany have one of the best economies in the world, while it has only university on the qs world rankings list? Something tells me that, regardless of what these publications say, an education in engineering in Germany is just as good as anything available in other parts of the world.

    • JDanaH

      I’ll be you are correct. The QS site gives very little info on the methodology they use for their rankings. But as far as I can see, the rankings are more a measure of prestige than of the actual quality of education.

  • USNK2

    Just try convincing the post-modern anti-imperialist professors of history that the British Empire’s great legacy is that English is the world’s ‘reserve’ language. That is one reason why the Anglosphere has highly ranked universities today.
    I tried that idea in a class in 2004, with an otherwise great Harvard-trained professor of British history at CUNY, and was shunned completely afterwards.

    • Corlyss

      “That is one reason why the Anglosphere has highly ranked universities today.”

      I agree with you as far as it goes, but there’s ssooooooooooooooo much more to it than just the language, although that is HUGE. It was the governing principles, the concepts of accountability of government to the people, the fact that, as Napoleon dismissed them, England was a nation of shopkeepers, insular and dependent on sea power and that mindset transferred easily to the American, Canadian, and Australian colonies. The FFs didn’t think of themselves as Colonials; they thought of themselves as Englishmen with full rights of an Englishman. Britain’s colonial administration was compatible with that idea. You have only to look at what a sorry mess the French, Spanish, Italians, and particularly the Belgians, made in their colonies transition to independence to see there was a difference between the English model and the rest’s models. When those other nations left, their colonies were no more ready to govern themselves than the man in the moon.
      I’ve mentioned Seeds of Albion here before, and I know one of the guys, cited another book as well on the cementing influence of the British culture on colonists.

      • USNK2

        Corlyss: some day we can debate whether the Viking colonial legacy, including what became Normandy, shaped that ‘English’ model of colonial administration.

        • Corlyss

          I concede now. I don’t know nuthin’ about no Vikings ‘cept was I see in the Capital One commercials.

    • Atanu Maulik

      Outside the University campuses lie the real world.

  • wigwag

    If only we were smart enough to hand each of these graduating foreign students a green card at the same time they were handed their diplomas.

    • Corlyss

      Amen!!!

  • Anthony

    Seen at a Boston Public Library: “The Commonwealth requires the education of the people as the safeguard of order and liberty.” Perhaps WRM what you are identifying is an expectation that one is part of a tradition where the Commonwealth (Anglosphere) links education, intellectual proficiency, and democracy via University model. And just maybe, correlation over time (because past affects present) inures to Anglospere practices.

  • gbsamara

    Re: “Top students from China and India who will be the movers and shakers in their countries compete every fall and winter to spend their most formidable years in English speaking countries.”

    L&G
    those of you who is from India, China, Brazil, … can you say how many movers and shakers in your respective countries are US/UK educated?
    As for Russia the statement above seems like wishful thinking to me, since 0 of Russian movers and shakers are foreign educated (including business, technology, art, let alone politics). Perhaps it is just matter of time in case of Russia? But what about other BRICS?

  • Jim__L

    Imagine an Oxford professor saying, “Once [students from the rest of the world] decide en masse to get Brazilian, Russian, and Chinese visas instead, we’ll start entertaining talk of British decline.”

    Does that pass the giggle test?

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