The State of Higher Education in Southeast Asia

Miguel Antonio Lim, Icy Fresno Anabo, Anh Ngoc Quynh Phan, Mark Andrew Elepano, Gunjana Kuntamarat

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To the extent that higher education plays a part in the development of ASEAN, policymakers and other stakeholders must be informed about recent trends and issues in order to act responsively to the region’s needs and circumstances. This report looks into the challenges and opportunities in sustaining higher education developments in Southeast Asia. It builds on the findings of previous state of play studies such as the UNESCO Asia-Pacific Bureau for Education and SEAMEO RIHED’s “Higher Education in South-East Asia” report(2006) and the Asian Development Bank’s “Higher Education Across Asia: An Overview of Issues and Strategies” report (2011).

This study sought to answer the question, “What is the state of play of higher education in Southeast Asia?”. To this end, the research team conducted a systematised review of literature which examined the following dimensions of higher education in the region:
a. Recent developments, planned initiatives, and key issues to be addressed;
b. Challenges and opportunities at the regional and national levels on specific thematic issues; and
c. Issues and themes should be further addressed by policy development, reforms, and research.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEU Support to Higher Education in the ASEAN Region
Commissioning bodyThe British Council
Number of pages65
Publication statusPublished - 10 Mar 2023


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