Question number 24 asks the agreement
level—strongly agree, agree, neither agree nor disagree,
disagree, strongly disagree, or not applicable—of the
following statement: “I am learning about the interaction
of cultures globally and becoming a ‘world citizen.’”
This statement is at the heart of what HPU tries to provide to
HPU currently has more than 1,600 international students from
100 countries and offers exchange programs in Australia, France,
Monaco, Germany, Japan, Korea, Sweden, and Thailand. These numbers
are seen in classes and on campus, where students from different
national and cultural backgrounds interact daily.
I have learned a lot with the students in my EFP classes,” said
Barbara Martin, an HPU student from Curitiba, Brazil.
They learned with me too. My friends from Japan used to greet
me with a ‘Hi, how are you?’ But after they saw me
greeting my Brazilian friends with a kiss on the cheek, they
changed. Now we always kiss when we meet. ”
HPU students constantly share information with each other about
their countries and their cultures. With more understanding about
international diversities, students learn about global citizenship.
At HPU, students are exposed to cultural diversities. It depends
upon each individual to go deeper and seek for different ways
of communication to keep them well informed and on track to become
a “world citizen.”
Editor’s note: The writer participated in several of HPU’s
Global Citizenship Symposiums.