Anticipating and Preparing for Emerging Skills and Jobs: Key Issues, Concerns, and Prospects

Publication | November 2020

This book contains a compilation of articles covering diverse perspectives on the dramatic evolution of work in Asia and the Pacific as well as the implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on skills and workforce development.

Authored by policymakers, practitioners, and researchers, the articles examine the key drivers of change that are impacting society and the economy and how these are influencing work, occupational structures, and workplaces. The implications of these developments for changes in education and training are also explored. Copublished by ADB and Springer, the book is available as open access.


  • Introductory Overview: Anticipating and Preparing for Emerging Skills and Jobs—Issues, Concerns, and Prospects
  • Part I: Introduction
    • The Future of Work: Is This Time Different?
    • Future Implications of the Fourth Industrial Revolution on Education and Training
    • Quality Education and Economic Development
    • Human Capital Development in South Asia
    • Anticipating and Preparing for the Future—One Example from Higher Education: The Singapore Management University (SMU) Experience
    • Developing Twenty-First-Century Skills for Future Jobs and Societies
  • Part II: Kindergarten to Grade 12 (K–12) Reforms
    • Boosting Student Learning: PISA for Development
    • Essentials Over Peripherals: The CVIF Dynamic Learning Program
    • Guiding Kindergarten to Grade 12 Students to Mastery with Next Generation Digital Assessments
    • Nongovernment Organizations’ Role in Providing Quality School Education in Pakistan: The Experiences of CARE Foundation
    • Kindergarten to Grade 12 Reforms in Viet Nam
  • Part III: Transformational Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET)
    • Philippine Experience in Dual Training System
    • Infrastructure and Pedagogy Innovation—A Differentiating Factor in TVET
    • Industry-Led Training and Apprenticeships: The New Zealand Model
    • Gram Tarang: Skills Development for Priority Sectors in India
    • Challenges and Opportunities for Transforming Skills Development in Bangladesh: The Case of the Skills for Employment Investment Program
    • TVET System Reform and Development in the PRC
  • Part IV: Higher Education to Promote Higher Level Skills
    • Higher Education Innovations: Hong Kong, China; the Republic of Korea; and Indonesia
    • Higher Education to Promote Higher Level Skills
    • Collaborative Innovation Between Shenzhen Municipal Government and Tsinghua University
    • Regional Approaches to Improving Education in the Pacific and the Role of the University of the South Pacific
    • Stimulating Entrepreneurship Activity at SUNY Korea, from Scratch
  • Part V: Transformation Edtech
    • An Overview of Innovations in Online Learning
    • Bringing TVET up to Speed: Regional Overview of ICT-Enhanced Practices in TVET
    • Funzi Uses the Power of Mobile to Give Everyone Cost-Effective Access to Quality
    • Udemy: Blended and e-Learning for Transforming Teaching and
    • Mindtree’s Experience in Global Learning Center
    • Teacher Professional Development at Scale in the Global South
    • Coding as an Essential Skill in the Twenty-First Century
  • Part VI: Technology Platforms for Skills Gaps Bridging, Career Counseling, and Guidance
    • Empowering Filipino Youth Through Technology and Community
    • Singapore’s Experience in Analyzing the Labor Market Using Artificial Intelligence and Big Data Analytics
    • How Technology Affects Jobs: A Smarter Future for Skills, Jobs, and Growth in Asia

Additional Details

  • Education
  • Tertiary and higher education
  • Technical and vocational education and training
  • Information and Communications Technology
  • Social development and protection
  • Migration, trafficking, and human mobility
  • Social protection - labor and employment
  • Bangladesh
  • China, People's Republic of
  • Hong Kong, China
  • India
  • Indonesia
  • Korea, Republic of
  • Pakistan
  • Philippines
  • Singapore
  • Viet Nam
  • 352
  • 6 x 9
  • SPR200229-2
  • 978-981-15-7017-9 (print)
  • 978-981-15-7018-6 (ebook)
  • 1573-5397 (print)
  • 2214-9791 (electronic)

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