There was an interesting article in The Economist recently stating that everyone living in places like Asia are going to university. In the grand scheme of things, they pretty much are.
In a way, education, especially across many parts of Asia is all about improving circumstance. The number one priority is always education in most Asian countries and quite often the second for many is moving from the country they're in.
"If you talk to young Malaysians, many want to leave Kuala Lumpur," says Mark Stanley, Founder of education startup Literatu. "This is because most of the businesses are dominated by Chinese born businessmen and their psyche is very much around command and control, a stark difference from collaborative approach to work that Malaysians have in their higher education system".
These kinds of timing clashes are beginning to drive a new demand from students in the way that they are educated. Students after all are the customers; and these days, they have full access to and understanding of the way the world really works, which is beginning to cause the regimented education practices across their countries almost redundant.