Most countries in Asia and the Pacific are middle-income countries. They recognize that they need a growing cadre of people with advanced skills to move up the value chain and for their economies to compete in a globalized world.
Higher education contributes significantly to the technological and innovation 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 higher level skills in different growth sectors. This requires ensuring high quality of teaching and learning, promoting relevant research and development in partnership with industry and private sector, and addressing development challenges such as the need to develop high quality teachers, promote advanced digital skills, and support the ecosystem for entrepreneurship and innovation.
As these developments appear more frequently on the higher education landscape across the region, it will be important to support measures that ensure more inclusive access to higher education so that no sector of society is neglected in the development of human capital.
Teacher Professional Development Case Studies: K-12, TVET, and Tertiary EducationThis publication discusses how to create sustainable and high quality teacher capacity development systems for primary and secondary education, technical and vocational education and training, and higher education.
Powering a Learning Society During an Age of DisruptionThis book presents contemporary perspectives on the importance of a learning society in supporting Asia and the Pacific’s development journey.
Cost–Benefit Analysis of Face-to-Face Closure of Schools to Control COVID-19 in the PhilippinesThis brief models the effectiveness of closing face-to-face schooling to help contain COVID-19 in the Philippines. It finds much higher health and economic costs than benefits from untargeted closures, and recommends alternatives.
Anticipating and Preparing for Emerging Skills and Jobs: Key Issues, Concerns, and ProspectsThis 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.
The Impact of Vocational Training on Labor Market Outcomes in the PhilippinesThe paper analyzes how post-secondary technical and vocational education and training (TVET) impacts labor market outcomes in the Philippines.
- Video recording: Education CEOs Roundtable - Role of Technology in Education: Optimizing Education’s New Normal Webinar
- Education by 2020: A Sector Operations Plan
- ADB-Japan Fund for Scholarship Program
- Strategy 2030: Achieving a Prosperous, Inclusive, Resilient, and Sustainable Asia and the Pacific
Mongolia is reforming its higher education sector, improving the quality and relevance of the courses on offer in its Universities, which is driving up graduate employment rate.