The British Council and Pearson collaborate to support the development of Higher Education in East Asia
The British Council and Pearson announce a collaboration to support the development of higher education in East Asia through the British Council Global Education Dialogue (GED) event series.
The two leaders in global education and learning will work with key policy-makers and influencers in the region to propose ways that education policy and delivery could be further supported and improved in a region that encompasses more than 800 million citizens under the age of 25, and already accounts for around a third of global GDP.
From legislative proposals to revitalise higher education (HE) in Myanmar to developing public-private partnerships in tertiary education in Indonesia, East Asia is home to a rapidly evolving HE sector that presents unique challenges and opportunities.
Sir Michael Barber, Pearson Chief Education Adviser, and Saad Rizvi, Senior Vice President, Efficacy, will advise on the British Council East Asia GED series, and collaborate on research and publications in association with the British Council.
Sir Michael Barber said: “Asian Pacific countries will increasingly play a leadership role in the global economy, which requires significant improvements in education systems. We hope that this collaboration on research and policy between Pearson and the British Council can help support the region to meet the challenges of the 21st century.”
Saad Rizvi, co-author of ‘An avalanche is coming’ and ‘Oceans of Innovation’ with Sir Michael, was a keynote speaker at November’s GED in Ho Chi Minh City. “Pearson’s commitment to efficacy and the British Council’s focus on creating opportunities go hand in hand. Through partnering on research and policy we hope to improve outcomes for learners across the region” Rizvi said.
Halima Begum, British Council Director of Education in East Asia, added: “Working with Pearson shows international partners and leaders the tremendous power of British education, expertise and influence. This collaboration is intended to bring long-term benefits to individuals and communities across the region.
Caroline Chipperfield, British Council Deputy Director of Education in East Asia, oversees the GED series. “Global Education Dialogue events are bringing together the key policy-makers to debate the challenges and opportunities facing international higher education. These events, attended by representatives from governments, universities and industry, are providing a high-level platform for developing and testing ideas and policies” she said.