Does Higher Education Drive R&D in Asia?

How important are Universities in creating R&D and contributing to national innovation? A recent report by the Asia Development Bank highlights the differences between countries in Emerging Asia and developed country averages.  

The findings: 

  • Most countries in Asia have a low Higher Education contribution relative to developed countries, suggesting that scientific research at University level remains a fraction of developed countries.
  • Chinese R&D is largely driven by the business sector.
  • Indian higher education contributes one-sixth the level of the developed world to R&D, with government the main lever. Indonesia is also highly reliant on government R&D.


R&D Performance by Sector (as % Total Value)


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