Growth in online study programs in Asia

Currently, Asia is experiencing a major change in the education industry. From the late 90's intake in higher education, it is very important in this decade to increase the penetration of international universities into Asia. According to a study conducted by the British Council in 2012, an increasing number of international students in higher education institutions in Malaysia, China, India, Indonesia and the rest of Southeast Asia. This trend, according to the British advisers' analysis, is a clear indication of a major change in the balance of international students from west to east.

The impact of interdisciplinary education (TNE) on the growth of online courses in Asia is very important in a number of universities that are currently studying online and distance learning. This is also reflected in various editions, surveys and reports from major research companies from all over the world. In order to gain a better insight into how online programs become widely used in many universities at universities today, it is practical to look at some of the incredible events that took place in Asia in recent decades.

Pre-Internet Period

At the beginning of 2000 internet access in many Asian countries has been very low. Even today, developing countries, especially in Southeast Asia, are still lagging behind in developing information and communication technologies. According to the 2012 article published by Pearson Asia Pacific in Cambodia, the net pressure was only 0.5%, while in Indonesia it was only 10.5%. Based on the blog published by The Australian, in 2011, the Internet in China and India was 40% and 10%, respectively. The growth of online applications in these areas is therefore tied to poor Internet access. These technical conditions also led to many Asian countries, depending on the text-based tutorials and traditional face-to-face classroom for many years.

After the period and rebellion of public universities

The rapid rise of mobile and internet technology emerged from 2005 to 2011 introduced the new educational market in Asia. With the funding of governments and private entities, new universities, virtual universities and study programs became like mushrooms across the Asian region. Online service providers and distance learning (ODL) became predominant in South Korea, Hong Kong, Japan, Malaysia and Singapore, countries with high levels of internet progress. Many analysts consider these Internet improvements technology "quantum" for many ODL providers.

In Malaysia, 85,000 online students took online courses in 2011. South Korea sponsored its web directory categories to over 112,000 students in the same year. In 2010, around 1.64 million people in China were enrolled in various online courses through the media online.

Open universities, especially a pioneer in distance learning in Asia. Among the major public universities that originally offered online courses were Asia e University (Malaysia), Korean National Open University (South Korea), Indira Gandhi Open University (India) and Central Radio and Television University (China).

The Surge of Mobile Students

According to the study by the International University of Applied Sciences in the United Kingdom in 2010, international students enrolled in the United Kingdom abroad received international students in the country (or UK). This was entirely the opposite of the 1985-2008 period, with over 50% of Asian students overseas, especially in North America and Western Europe. In Malaysia, about 58,000 international students on campus and online study programs accounted for 2010. However, China announced 71,700 international students in the same year.

Rise of the MOOCs and Global Alliances

New ways to learn online courses revealed explosive growth in many universities in Asia. Growth in the number of TNE students participating in online courses was significant in Southeast Asian countries as of 2011. TNE, as defined by the British Council, is "acquiring or conducting education through distance learning, collaborative, campus and franchise arrangements. " It is estimated that TNE listings in India, China and Indonesia will experience significant growth by 2020, and this will include 7.1 million, 5.1 million, and 2.3 million students in relative countries.

What causes this great growth in online courses is a growing number of Western organizations participating in Asian universities, patents, joint or dual, and eLearning, or distance learning, including Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). Compared to this, online learning offered by these Asian universities will continue to explode until 2020, according to experts.


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