Archive for the ‘Weekly Project’ Category

Assignment 1

December 2, 2008 2 comments

Globalisation has a negative impact on developing coutries. To what extend do you agree or disagree with this statement.

Globalisation has become one of the most popular growing trends in modern societies. Some people say that globalisation has negative effects on developing countries whilst others insist that many developing countries benefit from globalisation. This essay will argue for globalisation by focusing on trade liberalisation and global equality.

The first positive impact globalisation has on developing countries is trade liberalisation. Opponents of globalisation would argue that developing countries are economically controlled through globalisation whereas supporters argue globalisation creates free trade opportunities for developing countries. Globalisation requires trade barriers to be removed, which may make industrialised countries’ markets easily accessible. Furthermore, investment liberalisation has encouraged multinationals to invest in developing countries. This may result in the development of the countries’. An illustration of this is India whose rank in global economy was promoted from 80th in 1991 to 4th in 2001.

Secondly, it may be true that globalisation leads to an increasing gap between the rich and the poor but globalisation promotes the global equality between developed and developing countries. The former helps the latter by means of direct foreign investment through non-government organisations assisting in infrastructure improvement and development of the society. For instance, Japan International Cooperation Agency (JICA) has been supporting Vietnam in major areas such as environment, education and public health. In addition, there are international organisations established to balance benefits and protect rights amongst countries, namely the United Nations (UN), the World Bank (WB), and the World Health Organisation (WHO).

In conclusion, globalisation brings massive benefits for developing countries, especially free trade and global equality. With the help of industrialized countries and international organisations, developing countries may enhance not only the economic situation but also political position worldwide.


Categories: Weekly Project

Project week 2 (individual) – LAGGARDS group

November 20, 2008 3 comments

Topic: Should money be spent on space exploration?

Vu Thi Thanh Mai

In recent times, the rapid development of science has helped to improve our lives. Amongst all sciences, space science has contributed striking achievements to our modern world. Outer space exploration should be invested for two major reasons: a long-term solution to overpopulation and scientific inventions.

Firstly, overpopulation problem could be solved by finding other planets for people to live. According to a recent research, the world population is expected to double in 50 years as people have acquired both health and longevity these days. Though the population is becoming bigger, the Earth will not get larger. Hence, there will be no more places for people to live. Top space scientists of the world have been conducting experiments to discover that the Mars has conditions accommodating life. Therefore, spending money on exploring space helps us to find out a long-term solution to this vital issue, which will be a benefit for all people in the globe.

Secondly, space exploration serves scientific inventions. These inventions has been using widely and contributing a great deal to human’s life. For instance, discovery of outer space satellite is used in transforming digital information of mobile phones, communication television and radio that play a crucial role in our lives. Furthermore, some inventions for space use now are available for people on the Earth. An illustration of this is software helping design automobiles by letting designers see how well a design will work even before building a sample. It was a computer program developed by NASA for analysis of a spacecraft.

In conclusion, money should be spent on exploring space to solve overpopulation problem and to support for scientific innovation as mankind living both at the present and in the future could benefit from it. Therefore, space exploration should be focused on scientific purpose as well as economic purposes.

Comments are welcomed! 🙂

Categories: Weekly Project Tags: ,