Tuesday, October 7, 2008
Being from the United States we tend to think that we are the world and are self sufficient in a way. This is not the case; the outside world is growing at a significant rate and competing and beating the United States in many areas. It is evident now that the future lies in global affairs. We might not realize it now at a young age, but international affairs will soon have a huge impact on our lives. As stated by Bud Rock, “Whether you are studying international affairs or nursing or education, business, environment, any discipline will involve global comparison and global engagement. Even if you are undecided today, you can be assured that global issues will impact you in the future.” There is no hiding from the fact that you will be faced with issues dealing with global affairs. Global management and diversity go hand in hand. To be aware of others’ cultures and/or religions will really help your understanding of the world outside the United States. By learning about other peoples’ cultures while here at ASU, our ability to deal with international affairs will benefit. Bud Rock goes on to list that sustainability is an imperative of global engagement. Sustainability “involves meeting the needs of present generations without compromising the ability of future world generations to meet their needs.” This is a major issue that nations are dealing with in terms of global affairs. We have to see economic growth as an entire world without sacrificing the environment. This is one of the many challenges our world faces in this day and age. ASU’s global management program, and its diversity will prepare you to meet these challenges that face the entire world.