UK: Diverse and multicultural learning environment
United Kingdom has a long tradition of welcoming students from all over the world. One of the main advantages of the studying in the UK is the opportunity to meet students of all countries, cultures and faiths.
Did you know that there are students from 180 countries currently studying in the UK?
According to HESA(Higher Education Statistics Agency) figures for 2012/2013, there were 425,265 international students who came to study in the UK, which is almost 18% of the student population in the UK higher education.
Multicultural approach to learning is based upon consensus building, respect, and fostering cultural pluralism within racial societies. Multicultural education acknowledges and incorporates positive racial mannerisms into classroom atmospheres.
There are many advantages of learning in multicultural environments. You will gain important insights and interpersonal skills which are beneficial to succeeding in today’s modern multicultural society.
- Greater cultural awareness
Educational environments with differing races, religions and cultural backgrounds offer the opportunity to gain a greater understanding of different cultures from around the world.
- Brighter futures
Learning in a multicultural environment gives you greater understanding of others beliefs, attitudes and behaviours. With this knowledge of others, you will have a higher level of interpersonal and social skills. With the rich variety of lifestyles and beliefs engaged in the working world, future generations become more liberal in your approach to life, while becoming more united in your society.
- Flexible to change
Knowing there are a range of beliefs, lifestyles and commitments, you are more able to make independent choices about your path. You will get to know a range of traditions, cuisines, music and habits others have grown up with. Educational environments with a diverse mix of cultures reduce the risk of minority group discrimination. When you grow and learn in multicultural environments, you will become flexible and adaptable to change.
- Fair treatment of others
As a student you are on a path of personal discovery, finding out who you are, what you want and where you are heading in life. You will naturally judge where you fit in the spectrum of their world. If you are unfamiliar with alternative cultures, you may judge of aesthetic characteristics. Understanding alternative lifestyles is the first step to acceptance of others. Multicultural learning environments encourage judgments of personal qualities, contribution to society and independent thought. Treating others fairly, regardless of skin colour and religious beliefs promotes broad mindedness and exploratory attitudes.