Higher education in the Asia-Pacific: what does the next twenty years hold?
Higher education in the Asia-Pacific has undergone a dramatic transformation over the last two decades. Rapid rates of economic growth and favourable demographics have fuelled the demand for higher education, with large numbers of students forced to study overseas by the shortage of university places at home. Universities in the countries like the UK and Australia have become increasingly financially dependent on full fee-paying Asian students. In the last decade, the supply-side in Asia has begun to respond strongly, with an expansion in the number of universities and, as a matter of government policy, focused investment across a number of countries in developing an elite of ‘world-class universities’. Asian universities are beginning to assert themselves, but the demand for higher education continues to outstrip supply across the region. This presentation seeks to extrapolate these trends to explore the landscape of higher education in the Asia-Pacific in 2030.