SOAS University of London

Department of Economics

A Smarter Future: Skills, Education, and Growth in Asia

Juzhong Zhuang
Dr Juzhong Zhuang, Deputy Chief Economist of the Asian Development Bank

Date: 27 October 2015Time: 11:00 AM

Finishes: 27 October 2015Time: 12:00 PM

Venue: 21/22 Russell Square Room: MBI Al Jaber (21 Russell Square)

Type of Event: Seminar

Developing Asia has done well in expanding access to education. But continued economic transformation requires the region to focus more on the quality of education, and to ensure that its workforce has the full complement of skills -- cognitive, noncognitive, and technical -- needed for sustained growth. To achieve this goal, developing Asia must base public financing  on measurable educational outcomes; design curricula that are well matched to student capabilities and labor-market needs; make sure that curricula are delivered well; and ensure that the disadvantaged receive high-quality education. Above all, decisions in these areas must be guided by robust data metrics for better monitoring, performance evaluation, and accountability.