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Debates on Global Skills

  • Douglas Bourn
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Abstract

This chapter reviews the ways in which the term ‘global skills’ is promoted. This includes as a marketing tool for training courses, as a way of promoting the skills needs for graduates, as a need for companies and finally in terms of engaging in society more widely. The inclusion of the term ‘global’ is recognised in some examples as an indication of directly addressing the skills needs as a result of globalisation. The chapter discusses the different ways in which ‘global competencies’ are seen and how they relate to the definitions on global skills. Finally, Bourn demonstrates the potential opportunities created from the UN Sustainable Development Goals and the inclusion of skills and learning to respond to global challenges.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Douglas Bourn
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  1. 1.Development Education Research CentreUniversity College LondonLondonUK

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