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Skills Development for Inclusive and Sustainable Growth in Developing Asia-Pacific

  • First thorough and comprehensive volume on the policy and strategy of skills development

  • Synthesizes significant recent advances in skills development Provides a forward looking agenda for action

  • Identifies key issues that need to be addressed in Asia and the Pacific

  • Demonstrates the importance of regional economic cooperation for the development of Asia and the Pacific ?

  • Includes supplementary material:

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Table of contents (20 chapters)

  1. Front Matter

    Pages i-xvi
  2. Major Trends and Concerns in Skills Development

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 1-1
    2. Skills Development Issues, Challenges, and Strategies in Asia and the Pacific

      • Rupert Maclean, Shanti Jagannathan, Jouko Sarvi
      Pages 3-27Open Access
    3. Lifelong Learning: Meaning, Challenges, and Opportunities

      • Colin Nelson Power, Rupert Maclean
      Pages 29-42Open Access
    4. TVET and ICT Acquisition Process

      • Tapio Varis
      Pages 105-110Open Access
  3. Skills Development: Emerging Issues and Strategies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 111-111
    2. From TVET to Workforce Development

      • Robin Shreeve, Jennifer Gibb, Shayla Ribeiro
      Pages 113-133Open Access
    3. Skills Development Pathways in Asia

      • Cristina Martinez-Fernandez, Kyungsoo Choi
      Pages 155-179Open Access
    4. Rural Transformation Index: Measuring Rural–Urban Disparities

      • Li Wang, Qutub Uddin Khan, Dian Zhang
      Pages 213-240Open Access
    5. Retire or Rehire: Learning from the Singapore Story

      • James Yonghwee Lim
      Pages 241-251Open Access
  4. TVET and the Greening of Economies

    1. Front Matter

      Pages 253-253
    2. Skills for a Green Economy: Practice, Possibilities, and Prospects

      • John Fien, Jose Roberto Guevara
      Pages 255-263Open Access
    3. Education and Skills in Asia: Responding to Greening Economies

      • Shanti Jagannathan
      Pages 265-280Open Access

About this book

Focusing on the Asia-Pacific region, which in recent years has been the engine of global economic growth , this volume surveys trends and prospects in technical and vocational education and training (TVET) with particular reference to achieving inclusive growth and the greening of economies. Underlying the increasing pressure for new models of TVET provision is the rapid pace of technological change, demand for a work force which is highly responsive to evolving needs and a transforming market place that calls for higher order skills and lifelong learning. The book proposes a re-engineered, modernized TVET system that fosters an innovative approach which enhances the employability of workers as well as the sustainability of their livelihoods. The book includes contributions from leading policy makers, researchers, and practitioners, including those in the private sector in analyzing and forecasting the most urgent priorities in skills development. The book argues for creative approaches to TVET design and delivery particularly with a view to improve job prospects , and meeting the goals of inclusion, sustainable development and social cohesion. Addressing issues such as the chronic mismatches between skills acquired and actual skills required in the work place, the volume proposes diversified approaches towards workforce development and partnerships with the private sector to improve the quality and relevance of skills development . The new imperatives created by ‘greening’ economies and responses required in skills development and training are addressed. Developing TVET is a high priority for governments in the Asia Pacific region as they seek to achieve long-term sustainable growth since the .continued success of their economic destinies depend on it. The volume also includes an emerging framework for skills development for inclusive and sustainable growth in the Asia and Pacific region.


  • Asian Development Bank
  • TVET
  • Technical and Vocational Education and Training
  • employability Asia
  • skills development

Editors and Affiliations

  • The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong, China

    Rupert Maclean

  • Regional and Sustainable Development, Asian Development Bank, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Shanti Jagannathan

  • Education Practice Leader, Asian Development Bank, Metro Manila, Philippines

    Jouko Sarvi

Bibliographic Information

Buying options

Softcover Book USD 59.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)
Hardcover Book USD 59.95
Price excludes VAT (USA)