4 December 2014

The British Council announced the launch of its e-book Grand Challenges in Asia-Pacific Education this week. This e-book provides an analysis of some of the most pressing issues that will impact and shape education provision in the region over the coming years. 

Written by a renowned group of global education experts, it provides invaluable reading for policy makers, university and business leaders, teachers, academics, and anyone with a vested interest in the growth and development of the Asia-Pacific region. 

Emanating from the British Council's widely successful Global Education Dialogue (GED) conference series, the compendium of essays covers issues as diverse as post-massification in China, tertiary sector privatisation in Myanmar, growth of research and development, the future of the humanities and gender inequality in regional university management. 

The digital collection will continue to grow as other internationally renowned GED speakers contribute further chapters to the publication in the coming months and years. 

Dr Halima Begum, our Director of East Asia Education said "This e-book is testament to the British Council’s policy and intellectual capacity across the education sector, as well as its ability to bring together global thought leaders to explore collaborative solutions to the challenges that must be overcome to ensure future stability and prosperity in Asia." 

Lord Puttnam, the UK Prime Minister’s Trade Envoy to Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia, and Burma, who wrote the forward for the e-book added "The 21st Century is set to be the Asian Century, and it is in the realm of education that its challenges will be met. Just how will the continent manage? Can a region still in the throes of development successfully shape a future in which innovation is the only viable path to sustainability?"

"This collection of essays throws a fascinating light on some of these questions as we approach 2015, a key year for ASEAN integration,’ continued the award-winning movie producer. ‘I’m convinced that the spirit of human imagination has yet to reach its peak, and little doubt that it is from within the great Asian continent that the next tectonic shifts in education will emerge."

Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor at Pearson, and author of the chapter on leadership and mutual prosperity in Grand Challenges in Asia-Pacific Education said: "The region’s future and its capacity to become an ocean of innovation are being shaped today, tomorrow and every day in the classrooms, lecture theatres and online platforms of Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, and Shanghai, Hong Kong and Hanoi. On the success of those endeavours, all our futures depend."

Grand Challenges in Asia-Pacific Education is available to view, read and download for free at: www.britishcouncil-educationchallenges.com

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Launch event of the British Council’s Grand Challenges in Asia Pacific Education e-book on 2 December 2014. In photos (from left to right):

Professor Simon Haines, Chairman of English, Director, The Research Centre for Human Values, The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Dr Roger Chao Jr, International Consultant for Higher Education, UNESCO, Myanmar

Dr Halima Begum, Director of East Asia Education, British Council

Dr Anders Karlsson, Vice President, Global Academic Relations, Elsevier

Dr Qiang Zha, Faculty of Education, York University, Canada

They contributed essays to the e-book, together with Dr Sarah Jane Aiston, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong, and Sir Michael Barber, Chief Education Advisor, Pearson, which analyses some of the most pressing issues that will impact upon and shape regional education provision in the coming years.

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