The Higher Education in Dynamic Asia Series provide valuable input into the process of higher education reform across Asia as well as critical input into ADB's work in assisting the region to develop the full potential of its people.
Improving Transitions From School to University to Workplace
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.
Access Without Equity? Finding a Better Balance in Higher Education in Asia
In Asia, especially among most of the countries dealt with in this study, the demand for higher education is on an unstoppable trajectory in the near and middle term. This is already reflected in the current levels of participation. The demographic projections of the 17-25 year-old age cohort for the next 20 years are showing growth in the lower double digits. For governments planning to respond to this growth, policy options have to balance among costs, sustainability, and ensuring fair and equitable access to higher education.
Regional Cooperation and Cross-Border Collaboration in Higher Education in Asia: Ensuring that Everyone Wins
Increasingly in recent years, governments and stakeholders in Asia have demonstrated a resurgence of interest in investing in higher education as a means of promoting competitiveness and economic growth. This has spurred higher education leaders to seek ways to effectively utilize the available resources to raise quality and efficiency in higher education. One widely advocated strategy for accomplishing these ends is greater regional cooperation and crossborder collaboration among higher education institutions.
Counting the Cost: Financing Asian Higher Education for Inclusive Growth
While this publication reviews key aspects of higher education costs and financing, it deliberately goes beyond the usual debates. Linking with the conceptual framework on inclusive growth in Asia, the analysis focuses on costs and financing from the perspectives of disadvantaged students such as the poor, females, ethnic minorities, and those from rural areas. For such students, the rising costs of higher education present a particular problem.
Improving Instructional Quality: Focus on Faculty Development
Higher education institutions (HEIs) are critically important to the well-being of the countries in which they are situated. In most nations in Asia, higher education is rapidly expanding, a development that promises economic and social benefits. At the same time, expansion is accompanied by challenges and issues that require innovative thinking and policy decisions, dedication from the academic staff and institutional leaders who carry out the work of the HEIs, and thoughtful wrestling with vexing challenges that have no easy solutions.
Higher Education Across Asia: An Overview of Issues and Strategies
Higher education across much of Asia is a remarkable success story. It enjoys a high level of government support. Leaders understand that higher education is an important ingredient in the economic and social development of their countries. They recognize that the globalization of markets, the interdependency of international financial systems, the expanded role of technology, and high-speed communications have created an enormous need for highly skilled technical, professional, and managerial leaders.