The importance of higher education in development is being widely recognized worldwide. Furthermore, the changing economic and social conditions have brought knowledge and skills to the forefront of well-being as essential for national development. However, higher education systems in many developing as well as developed countries, including in Asia-Pacific, have experienced a continuing crisis, with inequality in access, commercialization, deteriorating standards and quality, poor governance and management, declining public budgets, and rising household and other private costs. It will be interesting to unravel the crisis. It will be of high policy relevance and also of wide interest as many are keenly watching the developments in the Asia-Pacific, which is one of the largest regions in the world with dynamic changes in development strategies. Based on recent evidence on countries in the Asia-Pacific, the chapter attempts to provide some better understanding on the relationship between higher education and a few selected dimensions of development. It shows that no nation that has not expanded reasonably well its higher education system could achieve high level of development.
- Higher education
- human development
- knowledge and skills
- economic growth
- university rankings
- world-class universities
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Tilak, J.B.G., Choudhury, P.K. (2022). Changing Face of Higher Education and Development in Asia-Pacific. In: Lee, W.O., Brown, P., Goodwin, A.L., Green, A. (eds) International Handbook on Education Development in Asia-Pacific. Springer, Singapore. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-981-16-2327-1_125-1
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