Articles from PESi Networker:

CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR EVERY STUDENT: A SUMMER OVERSEAS 

One great Christmas gift that you can give to any college student is to encourage and support him or her to spend a summer overseas. Here's why.

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RAMADAN ... A TIME TO SEEK UNDERSTANDING 

This month, Muslims, who make up more than one-fifth of the world, are fasting and praying to get close to God and attain inner peace. Yet, unfortunately, more than at any other time in history, international terrorism is threatening world peace today, and much of it involves the Muslim world.

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GROWING UP IN NEW CHINA 

"The world is yours," Chairman Mao told a group of Chinese students in 1957. "Young people, you are in the bloom of life, full of vigor and vitality... Our hope is in you." Ten years later, those young people suffered through the Cultural Revolution. Today, China's youth are facing another revolution - the revolt of the market that has brought wealth and corruption, opportunity, and confusion to a country with a GNP growing at breakneck speed.

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WHEN CAREER & CALLING CONVERGE ... GO FOR IT!

How would you like to make your career a platform for service? Your career and stewardship as a global citizen can converge with your calling to serve a world in need. But proper training is essential. Universities around the country are awakening to the importance of international experience in their undergraduate training to foster cross-cultural competence, even for engineers!

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CONNECTING FUTURE LEADERS ACROSS CULTURES

Five years ago on September 11, a bright blue autumn morning, two planes crashed into the World Trade Center. The fall of the twin towers changed the skyline of New York City forever. It also changed the shape of our world, signifying the birth of a new world disorder.

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COMMITMENT TO BE CROSS-CULTURAL 

Modern travel has made it easy for many of us to cross the ocean and see the world. But crossing cultures and seeing the world through the eyes of other people is much harder.

These days, when we in the West hear more about Muslims and Islam, we continue to be baffled. How can any religion justify terrorism? Why would a few Western cartoons making fun of Mohammed generate such violent reactions from Muslims around the world?

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THE SPIRIT FOR ALL SEASONS

2005 will soon be over. Perhaps we are relieved to be done with it. It has been a horrendous year. It broke with a deluge of gut-wrenching reports from South Asia on the aftermath of the tsunami - destruction on a hemispheric scale. But then calamity was a safe distance away, until the hurricanes came, tearing across the Gulf Coast, wiping out New Orleans and scores of communities. Even as we are wrestling with the challenge of rehabilitation and reconstruction, a killer quake strikes Pakistan, half way around the world. As winter approaches, the death toll is expected to soar in the remote villages of the Himalayas.

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BRIDGE OVER TROUBLED WATERS 

In recent months, U.S.-China relations have been hitting the headlines. Newsweek, BusinessWeek, Time, U.S. News & World Report have all come out with feature articles on China.

“China's rise is no longer a prediction. It is a fact.” “The balance of power will shift to the East ... ” “Its exploding economy has tipped the world on its axis. At what point does it become a real danger?” “Will the rise of the People’s Republic mean the decline of the U.S.?” “… there is probably going to be a soft war, a quiet competition for power and influence across the globe. America and China will be friends one day, rivals another, cooperate in one area, compete in another.” “The U.S. and China are intimately linked—for better or worse. Can we make room for each other?”

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THE CALL FOR LEADERSHIP

We live in challenging times: earthquakes, tsunami, and bird flu in Asia, war and insurgency in the Middle East, people’s revolt in Central Asia, genocide and famine in Africa… Natural calamities. Human tragedies. Suffering is all around us.

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