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Jakarta Post

Can ASEAN become a world-class destination for study?

  • Agnes Anya

    The Jakarta Post

Jakarta   /   Mon, August 19, 2019   /  08:26 pm
Can ASEAN become a world-class destination for study? An illustration of a classroom. (Shutterstock/File)

As one of the world's fastest-growing regions and backed up by a young population, experts say Southeast Asia is poised to become the next center of excellence and innovation. However, for most universities in the region - particularly those outside Singapore and Malaysia - many still have a hard time attracting students, and a lack of English proficiency continues to be seen as one of the main culprits. According to global proficiency rankings for non-native English speaking countries, Singapore, the Philippines and Malaysia ranked best in Southeast Asia. Globally, Singapore ranked third overall with a score of 68.63, while the Philippines (61.84), Malaysia (59.32) and Vietnam (53.12) followed in 14th, 22nd and 41st place out of the 88 listed countries and territories in the EF English Proficiency Index (EPI) 2018. Meanwhile, Indonesia ranked 51st with 51.58 points, trai...