Rethinking trade in education services: A wake-up call for trade negotiators
Education plays a crucial role in fostering personal and social development, as well as
economic growth. Government policies play a dominant role in this sector. Over time,
trade in education services, particularly at the tertiary level, have been growing in importance. Driving factors include a combination of demographic changes, technological
developments, national development goals, and governmental reforms to the funding and
provision of higher education. The educational market has grown in size with more
exporters entering the field to satisfy growing demand worldwide. The education sector
today truly operates in a global context with institutions, programmes, and people supplying services across borders at an unprecedented scale.
This article describes the educational service market, the key actors in this field be they
importers or exporters, and discusses the market opportunities and risks for countries.
Aik Hoe Lim
18 Aug, 2011
Kishan Rana is a widely published former Indian ambassador and Bipul Chatterjee, his co-editor, is the deputy executive director of the Indian NGO, and CUTS International is the the publisher of this book. Both editors are also trained economists. Their volume consists... Read more...