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ADB Report - A Smarter Future: Skills, Education and Growth in Asia and the Pacific

Public Seminar

Tuesday 27th October 2015, 1.30pm to 2.30pm, Room TW2.9.04, Tower 2, LSE

Speaker: Juzhong Zhuang

Chair: Athar Hussain

The ADB report shows that developing Asia has done well in expanding access to education. But continued economic transformation requires the region to focus more on the quality of education, and to ensure that its workforce has the full complement of skills - cognitive, non-cognitive, and technical - needed for sustained growth. To achieve this goal, developing Asia must base public financing  on measurable educational outcomes; design curricula that are well matched to student capabilities and labour-market needs; make sure that curricula are delivered well; and ensure that the disadvantaged receive high-quality education. Above all, decisions in these areas must be guided by robust data metrics for better monitoring, performance evaluation, and accountability.

Mr Juzhong Zhuang is Deputy Chief Economist and Deputy Director General of Economic Research and Regional Cooperation Department at the Asian Development Bank (ADB). He has written extensively on Asian development issues. His recent publications include Inequality in Asia and the Pacific (Routledge 2014) and Managing the Middle-Income Transition: Challenges Facing China (Edward Elgar 2015). Prior to joining the ADB, he was a research officer during 1992-1997 in STICERD at the London School of Economics. He holds a PhD in Economics from the University of Manchester.

Professor Athar Hussain is Director of the LSE Asia Research Centre.

Additional Information

This event is free and open to all with no ticket required. Entry is on a first come, first served basis.  Please direct any queries to arc@lse.ac.uk or call 020 7955 7615.

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