Challenges to education in an era of uncertainty
The RANGSIT JOURNAL OF ARTS AND SCIENCES (RJAS), the most recent academic publication of Rangsit University, is being launched at a time when the world is experiencing shifts in culture, language and capital, largely due to the globalisation of everyday life. The rise of communication technology has helped to ignite the explosion of new knowledge that began in the 1950s. The resultant change has been swift and rapid and, for many, the speed of progress, especially in emerging fields like technology, communication, health care, food science, energy sources, environmental and transportation sciences has been entirely unpredictable. Academics, researchers, administrators, legislators and people in general, particularly those who have been at the top of their profession, are nowadays occasionally caught off-guard by the emergent expansion and the multitude of initiatives in a variety of fields. In this foreword, I briefly outline the challenges that universities are facing in this new era and discuss their implications to education, research and, ultimately, to the contribution that the RJAS seeks to make in these areas of development.
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