Cross continental education seems appropriate to describe students choosing to further studies or acquire skills in a new country especially on a different continent where they might not find a lot of similarities in environment and culture they have been used to.
I have been an international student in 4 different countries and continents - West Africa (Africa), UK(Europe), Australia(A Continent of itself) and United States Of America (North America)
What have I learned though? Enough to write a bestseller!
I recently had drinks with a very successful co founder who also have lived and studied in 4 continents and he jokingly said I am caucasian, I think like an Asian, hustle like a Negro, party like I’m Spanish! A light hearted joke but I took him seriously having witnessed how he adapts to situations ordinary folks will find confronting.
The benefit of cross continental education is not just in the education but in the opening up of one’s thinking pattern, broader approach to problem solving, innate understanding of team dynamics, adaptability to cultural norms, switching word usage to fit in and mirroring mannerisms. These are tangible social skills that cannot be taught but better acquired by osmosis and irresistible to HR managers.
Cross continentally educated students tends to demonstrate more protean powers than locally educated students. Psychologists have proven this over the years and have found comparable traits in students in very multicultural schools.
The benefits of diversity and hiring a cross continentally educated employee in an organisation goes a long way to help employers go beyond regional thinking and reposition themselves to understand diverse range of consumer needs, behavior, norms as well as buying psychology. Overall, this enables organisations compete in markets they might not physically have a presence in.
Not for profit enterprises like adoptadegree.org a tuition aid program that supports international students in financial crises with no access to study loans or scholarships are complementing the gaps in Education aid programs in Australia.
With the rising cost of education in Australia appropriate policies need to be in place to encourage education without jeopardising the financial future of younger Australians and international students who choose Australia as a study destination.