Global Standards

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Global Standards


TODAYS web of interconnections demands that whatever we do must meet globally accepted standards. In whatever profession we may be in, the demands keep coming, and they all point in the same direction, that of rising up to international standards.

Many of our fellow citizens are already working as professionals in various countries.

Our doctors have to be as good as, if not better than, their counterparts in other countries. If they practice in the US, as many of them do, they have to qualify in the same manner as American doctors have to qualify as specialists in a narrow area of specialization. The same is true with our finance people. Those who work in Wall Street or London have to be as good as their professional colleagues, irrespective of where they originally are from.

Indeed, in todays world of open borders, standards are converging, and they are moving upwards. Those standards are not limited to the strictly professional. They are ethical as well (coming under the banner of best practices), and they may also involve tall demands for social responsibility.

These demands ask that in the practice of our profession, we should also take good heed of the need to improve the broader and wider environment in its many dimensions such as the physical, social, economic, even the fully systemic and increasingly also the moral.

In trying to meet these higher professional, ethical standards with social responsibility embedded into them, we need to take into account the fundamental fact of any profession. …

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