Application of International Education: How Would Skills and Knowledge Learned Abroad Work Back Home?
The article discusses some empirical studies assessing the long-run impact and applications of study abroad when international students return home. Many studies report some difficulties international students face in adapting back to their home country while some studies focus on the transfer of knowledge obtained abroad. Abroad trained students , including Thai scholarship students, commented that they needed to be selective in the application of knowledge and ideas they had learned because of cultural differences, resource availability, and the constraints imposed by national curriculum. Other constraints found include resistance by certain aged superiors and jealous administrators, time constraints, and lack of governmental attention and confidence. The article also provides some suggestions on how Thai government and schools could support the returning overseas students.
Keywords : international education, study abroad, overseas leaning, international students, application of study abroad