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ERIC Number: ED411895
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1997
Pages: 16
Abstractor: N/A
Reference Count: N/A
Lifelong Learning: Workforce Development and Economic Success.
Lee, Alice
Lifelong learning through a strong, policy-supported information technology (IT) infrastructure is critical to the success of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies. There is a great need to upgrade the quality of skills within the workforce, and there have been unprecedented investments in infrastructure and advanced technology. Quality, productivity, and innovation are required in a competitive environment, and can be established through lifelong learning. Singapore, Chinese Taipei, and Malaysia have all developed new approaches to workforce learning, either through increased technical training in conjunction with industry, or through the establishment of multimedia educational facilities. Canada is developing an infrastructure that will facilitate long term access to learning opportunities. Initiatives include: (1) The Information Highway Advisory Council, which creates jobs and universal access to the Internet; (2) The Canadian Network for the Advancement of Research, Industry and Education, which facilitates communications structure; (3) SchoolNet, which enhances educational opportunities; and (4) Health Iway, which provides health services across the country. Those who may be negatively affected by the initiative are rural workers, women, minorities, and blue collar workers if it reinforces existing workforce inequalities. However, through the use of partnership, technology, infrastructure development, and operative programming, the common goal of a lifelong education may be met. (YKH)
Publication Type: Opinion Papers; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: N/A
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Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
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Identifiers - Location: Canada; Malaysia; Singapore; Taiwan (Taipei)