The Booming Development of Educational Technology in Southeast Asia: A Focus on Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos

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(INNEWS)As globalization accelerates and technological advancements continue, Southeast Asian countries such as Vietnam, Cambodia, and Laos are rapidly entering a new era of Educational Technology (EduTech). The active development in the field of digital education in these countries not only demonstrates their emphasis on education but also shows their aspirations for future technological progress 

Vietnam: Digitalization Promoting Educational Equality

Vietnam has emerged as a leader in educational technology in Southeast Asia. With increasing governmental support for digital education, universities, and educational institutions are introducing online courses, virtual labs, and AI teaching tools. This has not only improved learning efficiency but also achieved widespread and equal access to education.

In recent years, Vietnam has consistently been among the top ten countries worldwide with the fastest development in educational technology. In 2023, the market revenue of Vietnam’s EdTech industry is expected to reach 3 billion USD.

DOTB, as one of Vietnam’s largest online education platforms and education development systems, is committed to being a leading provider of ALLIN solutions. It offers a comprehensive ONE software solution for Vietnamese educational management, fully meeting the operational and enrollment requirements of educational institutions, covering stages from kindergarten to university. Moreover, DOTB also provides language training, skill development, extracurricular activities, and study-abroad consulting services.

To better serve the education sector, DOTB has launched EMS (Education Management System), a comprehensive training management system specifically designed for the educational field. This CRM system supports various types of institutions such as language centers, skill centers, pre-schools, general education schools (grades 1 to 12), and online schools.

With its outstanding service and leading technology, DOTB has become an important partner in the field of education in Vietnam.

The Vietnamese government and many large companies are actively investing in this field, hoping to further promote the country’s educational technology development.

Cambodia: Innovation and Technology Driving Educational Progress

Cambodia’s economy has experienced rapid growth over the past two decades, with the Gross Domestic Product (GDP) reaching nearly $30 billion in 2022, and per capita GDP steadily increasing to over $1,700. Inflation rates have remained stable over the years. Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflows into Cambodia have grown rapidly, and the country has shown resilience even during the COVID-19 period. As of 2022, cumulative FDI stock has reached $44.5 billion. With economic growth, Cambodia’s infrastructure has also improved, establishing robust connections between major cities through aviation, ports, railways, and roads. Significant investments have been made in digital infrastructure, making affordable access available to every Cambodian. Cambodia boasts a 90% 3G coverage rate, 70% of households have access to television, 85% of households own mobile phones, and internet penetration has reached 40%. Additionally, Cambodia actively collaborates with countries like China to advance infrastructure projects under the “Belt and Road” initiative.

In the field of educational technology, Cambodia is actively partnering with international organizations and tech companies to promote smart classrooms and online education platforms. These collaborations not only help Cambodia improve its education system but also bring new educational resources and technology, enabling it to stay at the forefront of educational innovation.

Cambodia actively supports educational cooperation between China and ASEAN. To meet the growing demand for high-skilled workers in the labor market, Cambodia has focused on three key areas: the development of science and technology, strengthening vocational and technical education and training, and establishing public-private partnerships.

In 2014, the government also established the annual Cambodia ICT Awards to promote tech entrepreneurship. However, Cambodia’s educational technology still faces challenges, including a lack of talent and technology, necessitating more training and support to bridge this gap.

Currently, Cambodians place a high value on family, social status, and education. Their education system follows a 6-3-3 and beyond model, including six years of primary school, three years of junior high school, three years of high school, and several years of higher education.

It is worth noting that the Cambodian government has devoted more resources and efforts to the education sector, providing strong support for its development. In informal education curriculum offerings, “foreign languages” are the most popular courses, followed by computer skills and other subjects. With the significant demand from a population of nearly 6 million school-age individuals, combined with the government’s plans for the digital economy and society, Cambodia’s market demand for EduTech is particularly prominent.

Laos: Infrastructure Development and Long-term Planning

Compared to other Southeast Asian countries, Laos has been a latecomer in educational technology. However, the country is actively building basic educational infrastructure and introducing advanced educational concepts and technologies through cooperation with neighboring countries.

The Lao government places high importance on the development of the educational sector, particularly vocational and technical education and training. Although it started late, Laos is striving to provide a more efficient and modern learning environment for the next generation.

Countries in Southeast Asia recognize the importance of educational technology in today’s society and are actively seeking ways to promote its development. Meanwhile, cooperation between China and ASEAN also provides good opportunities for the development of educational technology in the region. With further investment in technology and funding, the prospects for educational technology in Southeast Asia are expected to broaden significantly.