Asean needs vocational skills boost -- now

Asean needs vocational skills boost -- now

Students at Don Muang Technical College in a classroom. The benefits of technical and vocational education are crucial to Asean countries. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)
Students at Don Muang Technical College in a classroom. The benefits of technical and vocational education are crucial to Asean countries. (Photo by Tawatchai Kemgumnerd)

The wind of change is blowing with a great speed, velocity and intensity. Disruptive technologies, such as the Internet of Things, the rise of artificial intelligence (AI), automation and robotics, are no longer science fiction. In fact, these emergent technologies are fast becoming part of our everyday reality, creating profound changes for industries, workers and our daily lives.

These changes are known as the Fourth Industrial Revolution, a term coined by Klaus Schwab to encapsulate the social and economic transformation brought about by rapid technical and digital innovation.

The question is what does this mean for Asean?

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