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Group Three: Argument

We argue that globalisation is more of an opportunity than a threat in

education development and national policy making due to all the positive

impacts it has brought and will bring. Firstly, we define education development

in terms of helping colleges and universities function effectively as teaching

and learning communities. While national policy making in terms of what and

how governments consider economically, politically, socially through


Understanding that opportunity is an occasion or situation that makes it

possible to do something one wants to do or has to do, we argue that

globalisation is an opportunity because it has stimulated global sharing of

knowledge, skills, and intellectual assets that are necessary to multiple

developments at different levels. With the aid of communicational and

technological advancements, it has improved the quality of teaching and

learning process in terms of improvements of teaching methods,

experimentation for more effective learning, enhancement of skills and how to

utilize them (critical thinking, communication, teamwork etc), availability and

accessibility of education, and education of different languages and cultures.

By breaking boundaries, it has encouraged cross-border partnerships for

educational institutions and exchange programs, enabling students to

recognize global opportunities and realizing their needs to acquire specific


Furthermore, due to its interconnectedness and mutually interdependence

between nations, it has inevitably increased awareness and respect of cultural

differences across nations, leading to a mutual understanding to most

governments that it is vital to cooperate and collaborate for the sake of their

respective national development. It also supports governments, both

ideologically and technologically, in a way that there are numerous

international organizations providing useful data for them to consider and

study when making national policies.

However, it is also undeniable that globalisation did create larger socio-

economic gaps both within the society and across states, affecting education

negatively and limiting its development. Nevertheless, our point of argument is

not how much negative impact globalisation has brought, but is how and why

globalisation is an opportunity. Regardless of these negative impacts

globalisation has brought and will bring in the future, it is still irrefutable that

men are aware of such problems and are implementing policies to eradicate

them, due to the help of globalisation. Thus even though it may seem to be a

threat at the moment, we argue that such current threats are a product of

man’s ‘trial-and-error’ process in stimulating education development and

improving national policy making, posing as an obvious opportunity of

development to the world.