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Higher Education

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.