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09-04-2011


International perspective on education at University of the Cumberlands

 


University of the Cumberlands professor Dr. Michael Eskay has been published in the “Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences.” His essay “Harmonizing Educational Differences from an International Perspective” was featured in the journal’s 2011 Volume 6, Number 1.

WILLIAMSBURG, Ky. — University of the Cumberlands professor of education Dr. Michael Eskay has been published in the “Cypriot Journal of Educational Sciences.” His essay “Harmonizing Educational Differences from an International Perspective” was featured in the journal’s 2011 Volume 6, Number 1.

Eskay’s essay outlines educational values that reflect experiences gained while living and studying in various countries. “I wrote it to let my audience understand the importance of culturally working together, while at the same time respecting one another’s unique educational system,” Eskay said.

Eskay was born in Nigeria, West Africa, and as a young child, he and his family fled to England to escape Nigeria’s civil war. From an early age, Eskay’s mother, a teacher, took him to class with her. “I would watch my mother in the classroom. She had the heart to help those who needed help,” says Eskay. “She tremendously inspired me.”

Upon graduation from high school in England, Eskay received a scholarship to study in Romania. He later studied in Vienna and West Berlin, and speaks fluent Romanian and German. After completing studies in these European cities, Eskay moved to Alberta, Ontario where he completed a master’s degree in psychology. In 1989 he joined his twin sister, a nurse, in the U.S. where he began formal studies in education.

Eskay’s essay outlines many ideas gleaned from his years of studying in a variety of cultures. In all of these educational systems, he says, “The goal is the same; to better the person.” He believes the shared educational goals can allow nations to find harmony between their various educational systems.

Eskay shares his ideas in the classroom at UC. “I teach with humor and incorporate a lot of international experience,” he says. He hopes his students will also influence their students with their personal experiences. “It is really wonderful to bring one’s experience to the classroom, because it helps make a community not be an island.”

Eskay is a teacher educator, administrator, researcher, and scholar. He is a nationally and internationally-known scholar and has written many academic publications, including journal articles and book chapters. In 2008, Eskay was named to the board of editors for the Multicultural Teaching and Learning online publication. He and his wife have two boys and two girls.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; seven graduate degrees, including a doctorate and six master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.