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Bett Asia takes to the road
Bett Asia’s inaugural Regional Roadshow tour brought together education communities in regional hubs of innovation across Asia. Roadshow events in Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok and Hanoi welcomed over 190 education thought-leaders from government, higher education, NGO’s & associations, international schools, edtech organisations and press, to network and discuss the region’s most prevalent education challenges with a focus on cultivating global collaboration in education.
The inaugural tour kicked off in Kuala Lumpur at the residence of the British High Commissioner to Malaysia H.E. Vicki Treadell CMG MVO, with discussions centring on successful partnerships. Highlights included a presentation on the role of public-private academia partnerships in educator readiness by Sumitra Nair, MDEC. Prof. Graham Kendall of The University of Nottingham Malaysia Campus, shared his experiences in expanding into ASEAN with the first ever branch campus of a British University outside the UK, highlighting opportunities found in recent collaboration with institutions across Asia to support the up-skilling of local educators, while Dr. Perry Hobson, Pro Vice-Chancellor – Global Engagement at Taylor's University also addressed opportunities for higher education to embrace international collaboration.
The next stop on the tour took place in Bangkok at the residence of the British Ambassador to Thailand, H.E. Mr. Brian Davidson, where Bett Asia was honoured to receive a formal invitation from H.E. Dr. Teerakiat Jareonsettasin, Minister of Education for Thailand, on behalf of the Thai government to host Bett Asia in Bangkok. Discussions were focused on education transformation, with Dr. Kirida Bhaopichitr, Thailand Development Research Institute, presenting on ‘Education Transformation for Thailand 4.0’. Sami Yosef, ISC Research, presented international school market trends in south-east Asia, releasing key findings from ISC’s recent survey of almost 1,000 international schools, including insights into what limits edtech use in the classroom. Dr. Rattana Lao, Kenan Institute Asia, added a perspective from the Thai Higher Education sector, exploring trends from Europeanisation to internationalisation, highlighting challenges in quantitative expansion over quality, and opportunities in collaboration and international MOUs.
Our final stop at the Hilton Hanoi Opera also featured presentations focusing on trends in education and looking to the future: Assoc. Prof. Dr. Bui Man Hong, Ministry of Education and Training of Vietnam, spoke about transitioning from knowledge to competency based education, while Horace Vernall, Vietnam Education Consultants Ltd discussed the future of international schools. Le Thi My Ha, Director of Vietnam’s Center of Educational Quality Evaluation, provided valuable insight into Assessment & PISA before Dr. Dang Duc Dzung, Hung Viet Education Consultants JSC, explored trends in Higher Education & graduate employability.
Thank you to everyone who attended our Roadshow events, and if you couldn’t make it, we’re sorry to have missed you, but hope you will join us at Bett Asia in KL in November to expand discussions on the impact of global collaboration on education transformation.
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