Talent, Training and AI: How Asia is (Again) Emerging as the World’s Laboratory

There are three key variables that businesses, investors and educators must understand with respect to Asia’s future rise and its impact on the world’s industries and workers. One, the trajectory of Asia’s educational achievement from K12 through post-graduate education, including English language, STEM and other skills capabilities.  As I have noted previously in this blog, […]

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India’s Race Against Time

To the naked eye, India looks like an oasis in the middle of a wrenching emerging market economic downturn. In 2015 Indian GDP grew by 7.2% with the IMF projecting 7.6% growth over the 2016-17 period. FDI reached a record US$63 billion in 2015, exceeding China for the first time. And despite more recent concerns […]

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Edunomics Focus: Pushing into Asia's Education Frontier

With so many emerging market economies and currencies on the boil, it might be counter-intuitive to explore investing in markets that are even less developed. But in the realm of education, there are increasingly compelling reasons to do so. Within Asia, so-called Frontier Markets began as a classification for financial portfolio investors and the indices that […]

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M&A in Asia's Education Sector: Flies and Elephants

“A fly before his own eye is bigger than an elephant in the next field.” Anon. (Chinese) It is tempting to watch the merry-go-round of dealmaking among education entrepreneurs and venture geeks and settle into the idea that one can just can invest into something quickly, build scale and dominate a particular corner of the education market–or, if that […]

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“Letting Girls Learn” in Asia

When Michelle Obama visits Cambodia next week as part of a White House and US Peace Corp initiative to help the world get the estimated 62 million girls back in school (see Let Girls Learn initiative), she might want to congratulate the Cambodian government for not only enrolling girls in school but making sure they complete their studies.   At the primary […]

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How Asia is Emerging as the World's EdTech Laboratory

Editor’s note: a more concise article on this theme was initially published by EdSurge If the US is the world’s education technology leader, Asia is fast becoming its most critical testing ground. The reasons for this are unambiguous: Asia is home to the world’s largest pool of K12 and college enrollments, has acute needs for educational access coupled deep internet […]

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Does Higher Education Drive R&D in Asia?

How important are Universities in creating R&D and contributing to national innovation? A recent report by the Asia Development Bank highlights the differences between countries in Emerging Asia and developed country averages.   The findings:  Most countries in Asia have a low Higher Education contribution relative to developed countries, suggesting that scientific research at University level […]

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Workforce Projections for Asia to 2050

Stanford’s Center on Longevity provides some intriguing long-range projections for working age (16-64 year) populations in Asia through the year 2050.  As the chart below indicates, the most profound “worker bulges” occur in countries of South Asia–specifically India, Pakistan, Bangladesh–as well as the Phillipines. India’s employment segment expansion alone is near 300 million people. Important […]

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Asia's Brain Race II – Investment Returns and Pitfalls

By 2030 Asia will witness intensifying urbanization, rising disposable incomes, a shift to service sector training needs, millions more students studying abroad (within and outside of Asia), and extended student lifecycles focused on adult and continuing education.  These trends were present first in Japan in 1970s and 80s, then the “Asian Tigers” of Korea, Hong […]

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