Education is of utmost importance to any economy whose generation count for a greater number of millennia’s and generation z than baby-boomers. The demographic dividend on the South-east Asian front isn’t lost on their governments and every country on this side of the earth is contemplating how best to offer their citizen access to a great educational and pedagogical quality.
The ASEAN (Association of South-east Asian Nations) has brought many countries from the south-east Asia close together and for the coming years education will define how the chemistry evolves for this region. The ball of dispensing quality education lies in the court of great universities which are present in the region. The top ranking universities are responsible for making the dream of pushing the development of ASEAN market ahead. Such top ranking universities take care of executive education along with the update of knowledge dimensions and skillsets of companies, individuals, and nations.
Heavy investments are expected to flow into the veins of educational bodies. Research is as much important to the core of the objective of great universities as education is. Innovation takes future workers forward. There is still a long way to go ahead for most of the countries, but Singapore stands as a regional educational model to be emulated for the ascension of its universities to a higher order.
The top ranking universities must focus on teaching, research, citations, industry income criteria, and international outlook. Other institutions from Indonesia, Vietnam, Brunei, and the Philippines are slowly climbing up the ladder of high ranking universities.
If we start to catalog the top universities in the region, National University of Singapore (NUS) and Nanyang Technological University rank quite high. Both the universities situated in Singapore are of international standards and students- from national to international- make these universities their home. Another country having top-notch universities is Malaysia with different universities vying for greatness and advancement. These are- National University of Malaysia, Universiti Teknologi Malaysia, University Putra, University of Malaysia, and the University of Science.
Thailand possesses Mahidol Univesrity; King Mongkut’s University of Technology, Thonburi; Chiang Mai University; Chulalongkorn University; Suranaree University of Technology, Khon Kaen University, and Prince of Songkla University. The University of Indonesia is another university of great repute.
For the ASEAN economy to grow, the common challenges confronted by these nations have to be elevated. The inadequate proficiency in English and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) and TVET (Technical and Vocational Education and Training) programs is to be improved upon for a generation which is skilled and ready to take the world. Soft skills are another sector which needs to be emphasized upon.
The government, educational institutions, and industry have to be coordinated strongly to bring everyone on the same page and reduce the time lost due to communication gaps. The over-reliance on foreign workers have to be eliminated and labor productivity increased which is all possible with flawless governance and new policies brought in. Holding tight to its foundational roots are the universities.