02 4 / 2013
Sometimes I do miss how in Asia people with higher educations are respected. I believe it’s due to the respect people have toward knowledge, not only limited to diplomas, but to any form of knowledge acquired, experience and senority are crazyly overated in Japan!
What I found fascinating is how openly people show their respect. Someone with occupation as a teacher is immediately addressed as Mr. In Taiwan and Japan. Higher education like master degree could bring material advantage such as a higher position or attention in the marriage market. Such respect one receives as a benefits of higher education, I have never experienced in Sweden.
Here, higher education is a matter of choice, one get higher education for self develop reasons, or as personal interests. The general idea of no one is better than others make a PhD as equal as someone with minimum required education. Which is definitely a weride phenomenal in many places in the world.
But isn’t it just wrong, that the effort one put in to pursue more knowledge and their achievements, like a diploma, is not admired, appreciated, but taken for granted. Even worse, discouraged. If we dont apperaciate things, things devaluated. Maybe its old school to hang up on things like diploma or higher education, but at least it shuld be valued higher than only a career choice.
03 6 / 2012