Twenty One: Competing in the World

Introduction

I am sure everyone agrees with me when I say that the first thing you must have in any country is a great education system. Without that in place, right up to post-graduate levels, you are unlikely to be competitive on the world stage. And with globalization becoming more and more common place across virtually all segments of the economy, it is clear that your main competitor (whether as a single industry or even as a sovereign state) could be located pretty much anywhere in the world. So if that’s the case then an education system needs not only to be capable of improving constantly, but also to benchmark itself against other countries — there by ensuring competitive advantage, and avoiding falling behind the latest thinking, research and teaching methods.

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