Skills Development Pathways in Asia

  • Cristina Martinez-Fernandez
  • Kyungsoo Choi
Part of the Technical and Vocational Education and Training: Issues, Concerns and Prospects book series (TVET, volume 19)


Asian countries are among the most dynamic economies in the world. As a result of their rapid growth, several countries are experiencing skill shortages in higher-technology manufacturing. As a response, they have ambitious plans for increasing vocational education and training as part of their national development plans. However, it remains to be seen how these plans will be implemented at the local level. This chapter is divided into three sections: (1) skills challenges faced by Asian countries, (2) strategic approaches to skills development in Asian countries and (3) emerging policy themes. It draws on data and analysis from 15 countries: Australia; Cambodia; China; Hong Kong, China; India; Japan; Korea; Malaysia; Mongolia; Nepal; Pakistan; Philippines; Singapore; Thailand; and Vietnam.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for Entrepreneurship, SMEs and Local Development (CFE), LEED Programme, Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)ParisFrance
  2. 2.LEED Programme (Local Economic and Employment Development), Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)ParisFrance

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