Economic growth and the training system in the countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN)

Sanyal, Bikas C.
IIEP Seminar Paper, 45
35 p.

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Although the correlation between educational growth and economic growth has di minished in recent years in statistical terms, autonomous economic growth is essentially dependent on the development of a proper professional training system. The experience of the ASEAN countries (Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore and Thailand) demonstrates this. The manufacturing sector has grown at higher rates in these countries than in the industrial market economies. These countries have also diversifeid their economy to a very large extent the industrial sector taking the dominant role. The adjustment of the training system to the needs of a modern economy has been different according to the countries. An analysis of the development of technical and vocational education demonstrates on the one hand serious efforts being undertaken by these countries, and the other the problem of linking up this education with the needs of the industries and the commercial sector. Technical and vocational education organized at the formal secondary level has met less success than on-the-job apprenticeship training. The number of higher education institutions is also increasing in this region.