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Can university education actually prepare us to compete in an increasingly globalized world?

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Voting Style: Open Point System: 7 Point
Started: 3/14/2014 Category: Education
Updated: 3 years ago Status: Post Voting Period
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SFS

Con

I feel University education is over-rated. Other than the branding and networking benefits, it does little to improve student's skills because most people are passive recipients as opposed to active participants during their time at college.

Real world experience and internships/work experience are far more useful.
Blade-of-Truth

Pro

I accept the debate for the Pro position and assume that we will be posting our opening arguments in Round 2. Best of luck to my opponent.
Debate Round No. 1
SFS

Con

SFS forfeited this round.
Blade-of-Truth

Pro

I believe that a University education can prepare us to compete in an increasingly globalized world.

First I will lay out some definitions for the purpose of clarification:

University: a school that offers courses leading to a degree (such as a bachelor's, master's, or doctoral degree) and where research is done. [1]

Education: the knowledge, skill, and understanding that you get from attending a school, college, or university. [2]

Prepare: to make (someone or something) ready for some activity, purpose, use, etc. [3]

Compete: to strive to outdo another for acknowledgment, a prize, supremacy, profit, etc.; engage in a contest. [4]

Globalization: the act or process of globalizing: the state of being globalized; especially: the development of an increasingly integrated global economy marked especially by free trade, free flow of capital, and the tapping of cheaper foreign labor markets. [5]

[1] http://www.merriam-webster.com...
[2] http://www.merriam-webster.com...
[3] http://www.merriam-webster.com...
[4] http://dictionary.reference.com...
[5] http://www.merriam-webster.com...

Since my opponent has not yet provided his argument, I will give him this time to preview my definitions and present his argument. If he forfeits his next round, I will present my argument and provide rebuttals for his initial remarks in the first round of this debate.
Debate Round No. 2
SFS

Con

SFS forfeited this round.
Blade-of-Truth

Pro

My opponent has deactivated his account.

Clearly my definitions were too intense for my opponent to handle. I will now present my arguments.

I. University education teaches students to never quit or give up.

Anyone who has attended a University knows that several times throughout one's career as an undergraduate student they will be assigned projects to complete. These projects can range from Essays, Class Presentations, Group Assignments, and the more commonly assigned classwork. As many also know, if you fail to complete such projects - you are rewarded (usually) with an F grade. Not only does this hurt one's overall GPA but it also hammers an essential life lesson into the student's still-impressionable mind. That is, that if one is assigned work or a project when in the career world, it is expected of you to complete it otherwise you will face a penalty or some form of punishment. Unlike DDO, where quitters aren't really met with any negative consequences, the real world lessons learned from the Univeristy assignment guidelines and grading proceedures indeed instill a sense of necessity when given a task to complete for your employer.

Another important note to make is that the entire college experience in itself - from applying as a potential Freshman, to collecting your degree during the graduation ceremony - is a project. It is a common practice in the business world to show your degree as a form of proof to your potential employer that you can finish a task when undertaking it. In this sense, the task was college, which any and every college graduate has successfully completed.

II. More often than not, a higher yearly average in wages are earned from college graduates.

The truth of this statement has been proven on several occasions. For the purpose of validating this claim, I will share three links to reports verifying with statistics the claim I am making. [1] [2] [3]

At this point, you might be asking what higher saleries have to do with an increasingly globalized world. The term globalization itself involves the spreading of business to foreign markets. When one understands that an opportunity might exist in Dubai (for instance) but does not have the funds to move there, then what good has that opportunity done for you? With the statistics to prove that those with a college degree would have better paying jobs post-graduation, it is safe to assume that they would have an easier time allocating and saving the funds necessary to make any and all moves possible. Furthermore, no matter what country someone is living in, more money = more comfort. [4] Having a better opportunity at earning higher wages improves the potential for someone to afford to live in a more comforting neighborhood while living in a comfortably sized house with comfortable furnature purchased by all that extra $$ you are earning from your job that only hires college graduates. For anyone living in India [5], or China [6] [7]- the added comfort that more money provides you will make all the difference in terms of internet access, A/C, access to groceries, and even keeping your lights on a private provider instead of relying on the government run power grid which frequently suffers from black-outs.

[1] http://nces.ed.gov...
[2] http://www.cesdp.nmhu.edu...
[3] http://www.bizjournals.com...;
[4] http://www.city-data.com...;
[5] http://www.theguardian.com...
[6] http://www.theguardian.com...
[7] http://world.einnews.com...;

III. Universities usually provide better opportunities for Networking with like-minded individuals.

I feel like this is such a well established benefit that it really doesn't require me to flesh it out, but I will.

Throughout one's college experience, we are expected to meet countless individuals during the average 4 year length it takes to graduate. There are fraternities/sororities, student run organizations, subject specific clubs, and plenty of other extracurricular activities and events which promote the social aspect of college life. While my opponent could argue that you can develop networks outside of college, I believe the college atmosphere it more conductive for promoting and providing the opportunity to network with individuals who are all ultimately striving for the same thing - security within the job market. This common core value that each student shares allows for a more accessible dialouge to develop between two potential business partners. Even in my University newspaper alone, we are shown examples of students who have come together to start a business, with the opportunity of meeting in college being the cause of the now blooming business. [8] [9] [10]

[8] http://eaglenews.org...;
[9] http://eaglenews.org...;
[10] http://eaglenews.org...

In Conclusion,

I have presented several arguments for why a University education actually prepares us to compete in an increasingly globalized world.
Debate Round No. 3
SFS

Con

SFS forfeited this round.
Blade-of-Truth

Pro

My opponent has forfeited round 4. My arguments stand unchallenged.

I extend all arguments and will present my closing in the last round.
Debate Round No. 4
SFS

Con

SFS forfeited this round.
Blade-of-Truth

Pro

My opponent has forfeited his last round, which results in my arguments standing unchallenged.
My opponent has also closed his account.
Please vote Pro, and thank you for your time.
Debate Round No. 5
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Posted by frankienstien 3 years ago
frankienstien
Education always give a person an advantage. Global competiveness has nothing to do with an education, but rather the counties own economic policies that will hurt or harm someone in a given field.

I hardly see the point of the question, unless you want universities to mandate proficiency in foreign languages that are relevant.
Posted by SFS 3 years ago
SFS
Yes, I think it's fair to include the degree.

I do feel one can stay at home - get the reading lists, cherry pick the relevant bits and do the requisite reading. It will take more structure and discipline and it can be done.

But you do miss out on the networking and the academic branding of university.
Posted by Blade-of-Truth 3 years ago
Blade-of-Truth
Are you including the degree that comes with completing a university education or no?
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