Modern communities and following that higher education institutions are becoming increasingly globalised and heterogeneous, diverse and complex. Social diversity brings many opportunities, and challenges. One of the biggest economic and social challenges facing a diverse society relates to the barriers to the acceptance of social diversity in the economy and society as a whole. Therefore, willingness to be open to new ideas and experiences and to share these experiences needs acceptance towards others that could become a platform for sustainable development. Acceptance means respect and appreciation for the diversity of the world. Building acceptance and trust in diverse communities takes time and commitment and needs access to education. Higher education in the apex of educational system is proposed as the crucial engine for changes in global communities and might play the basic role of increasing acceptance leading to sustainable development. This paper intends to elucidate the role of higher education in fostering acceptance and sustainable development. One of the main mechanisms proposed to sustain the platform of Higher Education as the driving engine of Sustainable development is the CoBEDMap – Community Based Expert Decision making Process - of the underlying values of acceptance.
|Keywords:||Acceptance of Diversity, Sustainable Development, Higher Education, C0BEDMap|
PhD Student, School of Educational Studies, University Sains Malaysia, Penang, Penang, Malaysia
Senior Lecturer, School of Educational Studies, University Sains Malaysi, Penang, Penang, Malaysia
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