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Globalisation and education training in South Africa: On being GEAR(ed)!

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Institut universitaire d'études du développement, Genève (IUED), Graduate Institute of Development Studies; Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC)

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McGrath, Simon; Akoojee, Mahomed Salim Ahmed


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This paper takes as a point of departure that nations are able to respond to, and are responding to, the phenomenon in ways designed to extract maximum national benefit, albeit sometimes driven by a narrow-focussed short-termism. However, the capacity of the less developed nations to tilt the balance in their favour is muted by the essentially unequal international world order dominated by the more resourced North, in particular the countries in the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Newly Industrialised Countries (NICs), e.g., Singapore. Clearly, the intertwining, interdependent forces of the globalisation process and the associated information and communication technologies (ICT) revolution are powerfully responsible for transforming the international order. This paper will explore the extent to which the education and training sectors in South Africa have been affected by, and are shaping in turn, the impacts of globalisation.

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