Technology, Qatar World Cup and Higher Education

Technology, Qatar World Cup and Higher Education

The global community has begun to enjoy the Qatar-based World Cup matches in a distant coexistence of different cultures, ideas and languages, thanks to the state-of-the-art satellite system and new communication technologies that allow real-time source signaling. duplicate images.

The interconnection between peoples, generations, languages ​​and genders interconnected in the global virtual community is critically shaken in an international context with messages, contents and ideas of multiculturalism, respect and fraternity among nations through various formats and platforms. the covid-19 epidemic, the structural global economic crisis and the situation created by the wars in Ukraine and Syria.

The scientific and technical professionals, most of whom have higher education at universities and excelling themselves in research centers and institutes, have created the technological infrastructure, especially from the so-called first world, that we enjoy today at the football festival; At the urging of their states, in some cases in alliance with the private and civil sectors, this gives them a geostrategic advantage in innovation and leadership within the framework of the world’s fourth techno-industrial revolution.

The 2022 World Innovation Index reveals the main science and technology poles focusing on the countries with the highest invention patent density, the United States, China, Japan, South Korea, and France, while the rest are medium, low, and zero. indexes.

The current international scientific and technical division of labor has some advantages, such as the promotion of scientific innovation and invention, but it also creates other disadvantages that seriously affect higher education systems and fields, especially for peripheral or developing countries. Scientists. The deep dependence on the production of information and technological products for low- and middle-income countries, their universities, science and technology centers and institutions is emphasized in terms of developed core countries. The international scientific intellectual division of labor is unequal. High-income countries focus on innovations, while peripheral countries are increasingly dependent on them.

This situation must change towards a multiple scientific and humanistic world of knowledge.

A genuine articulation with a vision of international equality in the production of complex and technological knowledge should be encouraged and sought, as should the current encounter between nations in the academic and scientific fields through national football teams.

The Italian thinker A. Gramsci defined football as “the kingdom of human loyalty practiced in the open air” in his article “Football and the broom game” (1918); “Look at a football game: it’s an individualist model of society: initiative is used but defined by law; personalities are separated hierarchically, and the distinction is made on the basis of certain merits, not seniority; there is movement, rivalry, fighting but everything else is called “loyalty” and a referee’s It is regulated by an unwritten law that it is his duty to remember at all times.”. We must aspire for an open science, technology and education accessible to all.

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