The number of colleges and universities in developing countries in Asia is increasing, which has the potential to improve the prospects for economic development and better quality of life.
If Asia is to achieve the vision of becoming the world's economic driver, it will need to provide high-quality higher education for a sufficient number of secondary school graduates, especially in the fields of science and technology. More importantly, its universities at all levels will need to graduate creative thinkers who can respond to changes in global circumstances.
This publication, Improving Transitions: From School to University to Workplace, stresses the importance of tackling three key challenges in strengthening the external efficiency of higher education in developing Asia:
However, there is a need for fresh strategies for productive research partnerships, particularly to help second- and third-tier higher education institutions (HEIs) forge partnerships and attract funding for research that will benefit their local communities. Partnerships between HEIs across borders can provide opportunities for opening access to higher education programs applicable to the wider subregional and regional labor markets in Asia.
Investment in advanced information and communications technology can boost research productivity by linking remote universities to their national counterparts and to other universities across national borders.
Finally, cross-border collaboration can help improve regional centers of excellence in higher learning and research.