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continues to follow its current trajectory, its per capita income could rise six-fold by 2050, to reach European levels today. By nearly doubling its share of global gross domestic product (GDP) to 52 percent by 2050, Asia would regain the dominant economic position held some 300 years ago, before the Industrial Revolution. Economically, regional cooperation is critical for Asia’s march toward prosperity. Improved quality and standards in education have also helped retain Asian students.
Quality assurance and accreditation procedures have been the subject of regional discussions. Government policies making education a priority not only leads to the creation of targets to increase participation in higher education, but also to government reforms in many East and Southeast Asian nations, focused on improving education delivery and outcomes. With initiatives such as
the Joint Quality Assurance Capacity Building Project for ASEAN countries,9 which focused on quality assurance of Southeast Asian institutions and created a National Quality Framework (NQF) in several Asian countries, the “Study Korea Project,” formed by the Korean Ministry of Education, Science, and Technology, to create key policy tasks aimed at improving infrastructure for foreign students and establish effective administration and support systems, and the fact that several Chinese institutions are beginning to count semester or year abroad programs toward total schooling for de-
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