Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific

Countries in Asia and the Pacific are realizing that their economies cannot compete in a globalized world without a growing cadre of people with advanced degrees.

Higher education contributes significantly to the technological capacity and overall competitiveness of developing member countries (DMCs). As such, the region's fast-growing economies are exerting pressure on higher education. There is an increasing trend for DMCs to establish world class universities and "centers of excellence." Higher education is now experiencing both the "push" of large numbers of secondary education graduates, and the "pull" of labor markets demanding more workers with particular skills. 

As these developments appear more frequently on the higher education landscape across the region, it will be important to ensure that access to higher education becomes more inclusive so that no sector of society is neglected in the development of human capital.

Costs of Higher Education by the Numbers

Rising costs in higher education are outstripping the capacity of students and states to pay for fees.

12 Things to Know: Higher Education

Can the system cope with the growing demands of higher education in Asia?

Higher Education in Asia and the Pacific

Transcript of the live online chat on whether higher education is a public good.

Challenges and Opportunities for Higher Education

ADB’s Jouko Sarvi talks about actions to improve inclusiveness, quality, and relevance of education.

Regional Cooperation and Collaboration in Higher Education

Regional Cooperation and Collaboration in Higher Education

Cross-border collaboration can help strengthen higher education in the region.

Finding a Better Balance in Higher Education

Finding a Better Balance in Higher Education in Asia

How to ensure fair and equitable access to higher education.

Administration and Governance of Higher Education in Asia

Administration and Governance of Higher Education in Asia

A balanced and efficient governance system depends on the partnership of governments and institutions.

From School to University to Workplace

From School to University to Workplace

Becoming the world’s economic driver depends on graduating creative thinkers who can respond to challenges.

Higher Education Across Asia

Higher Education Across Asia

Issues and strategies for higher education in Asia and why there is a need to invest in this sector.

Improving Instructional Quality

Improving Instructional Quality

Higher education institutions in Asia must meet expectations while holding costs down and keeping quality high.

Financing Asian Higher Education for Inclusive Growth

Financing Asian Higher Education for Inclusive Growth

An analysis of the key aspects of costs and financing from the perspective of disadvantaged students.

Private Higher Education Across Asia

Private Higher Education Across Asia

An analysis of policies governing private higher education, and recommendations for development partners.