What is the ultimate purpose of education? I believe the answer lies in the enrichment to one’s mind and preparation of him or her for a more fulfilling future life. Accordingly, the design of university curriculum should strive to include the diversity of culture regardless of its country and origin.
First of all, knowing about your own cultural is a necessity in order to respect and preserve our cultural relics. China boasts a long cultural history, during which emerged papermaking technique, peking opera and calligraphy, which represents the distinct feature of our nation and should be passed down. With the trend of globalization, however, traditional culture is somewhat alienated and isolated from people’s daily life. Younger generation, especially college students or teenagers are no longer patriotism-oriented and pay attention to our domestic culture which may very likely be quickly dying in the near future. It is therefore very essential for universities to require students learn about their own culture.
On the other hand, knowledge of foreign culture does have its merits as well. Contemporarily, countries, NGOs or enterprises are all seeking global cooperation and collaboration. Chinese factories imported cars made in Japan for its advanced quality; Chinese students sail across the ocean to study abroad. It is globalization that makes the world nowadays a flattened one and therefore conversation and mutual-understanding of each other’s culture can not be more important in history than today. Solely priding in the value of our own culture is not adequate for foreign culture represent a good source of inspiration as well. To enlist foreign culture into university syllabus will help cultivate a proper attitude to embrace cultural diversity, platform to communicate with foreigners, and better understanding of the true value of cultural preservation.
To conclude, to foster respect for cultural relics and diversity, I believe university students should be required to learn about foreign cultures as well as their own culture.