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Carolyn Noble, PhD

Welcome to Social Dialogue Issue 21

This edition began with a call out to our international social work educators to send articles about issues, challenges and responses to what they think social work education is facing and needs addressing currently. Responses came from educators in Chile, Brazil, Canada. Australia, USA, Guyana, Cyprus, Zimbabwe, Eswatini, Bangladesh, India and Germany. I proudly include them in this edition, and I thank all the authors for their contribution.

Social work education, both nationally and internationally, is facing many challenges; from addressing the impact of globalisation on the culture of higher education and the resourcing of programs and the need to develop a curricula that is responsive to the complexity of issues globalisation brings, to responding to the needs of international students and how to address the issues of acculturation and diversity and attempts to develop a curricula that reflects the indigenous cultures of the country in which it exists. Diversity and inclusivity present real dilemmas along with many other issues facing the profession. What does a curriculum that addresses indigenisation include? One key role of social work education is to ensure that social workers are aware of global issues and are prepared to address and critique responses. While not all these issues are addressed in the edition, many hint at the broader context in which their programs are located. We offer this edition to make a contribution to the international debate and to expand the conversations.