Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, July 27, 2017 --(PR.com
)-- EdTech Asia will host their second regional summit, EdTech Asia Summit 2017, themed “Strategic Growth and Sustainable Impact,” in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam from 29-30 July 2017, at the Sheraton Saigon Hotel & Towers.
This year’s summit will discuss the future of education innovation, technology, and entrepreneurship in Asia with a particular emphasis on emerging and developing economies. The summit will feature 45 sessions, over 100 speakers, 50 education startups, and 350 EdTech thought leaders, investors, founders, and change makers who will explore current and future themes in the industry. This exchange of views will contribute to further development of an emerging education innovation ecosystem and will provide a platform for addressing the future demands of Asia's education sector, entrepreneurship community, and social and economic development needs along the cradle to career continuum.
Mike Michalec, Managing Director of EdTech Asia said, "We’re delighted to once again convene the key stakeholders from across Asia who are responsible for leading the current growth and disruption that is taking place in the education and edtech sectors. Our rapidly expanding regional community has organized and supported more than 40 events over the past four years that have been instrumental in creating a collaborative and cohesive education innovation ecosystem across the region and our annual EdTech Asia Summit serves as the nexus of this community. The opportunity to host the 2017 event in Vietnam, one of the region’s fastest growing economies and areas of exceptional education and edtech market opportunities, make this year’s event even more special, particularly to companies and investors from outside the region looking to understand these high growth emerging markets."
The Parthenon EY “Education in South-East Asia” report states that the private education spend in Southeast Asia has risen to approximately $60B USD annually. This has mainly been driven by rapid urbanization, increasing wages, a high value of English proficiency, a desire to receive an international education, and the necessity for the private sector to fill the demand gap between that what cannot be filled by public institutions. Vietnam is particularly interesting for entrepreneurs in the education and technology sectors as it allows for-profit education businesses, actively encourages foreign direct investment, and is reviewing national policy to be more favorable concerning the foreign ownership of education companies, as well as multi-national education partnerships.
The higher education market in particular is experiencing a substantial interest to establish new foreign-partnered programs within Vietnam as indicated by the popularity and presence of RMIT, Vietnamese-German University, and Arizona State University. Fulbright University Vietnam, a new university scheduled to begin intake of graduate students in September 2017 and undergraduate students in 2018, recently received a $15.5M USD grant from the U.S. government to assist with the establishment of recruitment, admission, and scholarships.
This year, Ho Chi Minh City has been chosen as the EdTech Asia Summit location, as the city recently ranked #2 globally on the city momentum index by the World Economic Forum for its rapidly evolving ability to adapt, support, and nurture technology and innovation. In 2016, the municipality of Ho Chi Minh City announced a $45M USD fund to support tech startups and boost growth of the local tech ecosystem.
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EdTech Asia Summit
Over two days of sessions, the EdTech Asia Summit will showcase many of the key regional entrepreneurs, investors, and thought leaders. Among them are renowned speakers including: Salah-Eddine Kandri, Global Sector Lead of Education at International Finance Corporation, Sandeep Aneja, Founder of Kaizen P.E., Laetitia Lienart, Vice President of APAC Corporate Citizenship at Credit Suisse, Tuan Pham, CEO of the Topica Edtech Group, Dr. David Klett, CEO Klett Group, Dun Xiao, Co-founder and President of 17zuoye, Jim Garrison, President of Ubiquity University, and Vincent Quah, Business Development Lead for APAC - Education, Research, and Not-for-Profit at Amazon Web Services. Fringe activities for the event include an Education Innovation Ecosystem Tour on Monday, 31 July and an EdTech Startup Growth Hacking Bootcamp from 31 July to 1 August in collaboration with the Saigon Innovation Hub.
About EdTech Asia
EdTech Asia is a sustainable social enterprise that provides a community platform that serves as a catalyst for the education innovation ecosystem within Asia and beyond. EdTech Asia promotes both social and economic growth and understanding of the education and edtech sectors by fostering a collaborative and cohesive community through the organization and support of events, media, and consulting services. Based in Hong Kong, the company originated in 2013 and has since organized and facilitated over 45 EdTech Asia community events including workshops, meetups, and summits that encourage education innovation, entrepreneurship and investment. The community network has organized and contributed to events in 11 countries and 13 cities.
Summit Website: http://summit.edtechasia.com