International and national education - a view from South East Asia

International and national education: a view from South East Asia

As innovation, technological and demographic change continue gathering pace, it has become crucial for governments worldwide to be able to bring up generations of linguistically-fluent and culturally-aware country ambassadors.

It is not a competition between being an internationally minded person and being nationally minded. It's a question of being both."

Isabel Nisbet, ALCAB

Isabel Nisbet, Executive Director of A Level Content Advisory Board (ALCAB), former Regional Director of Education South East Asia at Cambridge International Examinations, believes that "International education is something that is going to be important for teachers, educators and parents across the country and across the world. It is not a little subject for specialists to discuss at a little seminar about special curricula in international education. It's about the world that we are preparing our young people to go into."

So how best can education prepare students for successful participation in a global marketplace and what role does international education play in a national curriculum?

According to Mrs Nisbet, "It is not a competition between being an internationally minded person and being nationally minded. It's a question of being both."

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