The surge in online learning in the People’s Republic of China during the coronavirus outbreak highlights the importance of infrastructure, platforms and the preparedness of teachers, students and parents.
Mr. Ra is Chair of the Education Sector Group in ADB. Since joining ADB in 2001, he worked as Director, Pacific Strategy and Special Operations, Pacific Department, Senior Advisor to the Managing Director General, and Deputy Country Director for Bangladesh and Nepal Country Offices. Prior to ADB, he has a broad range of experience working with public and private entities such as Samsung and Korean National Pension. He also taught at leading universities in Japan, Korea, and USA. Author of over 50 publications, he is a regular contributor to public debates in news media and conferences on current economic and human development issues. Recognized in Marquis “Who’s Who,” he is a member of the International Advisory Board of the Journal of Asia-Pacific Economy published by Routledge, UK. He holds a Doctorate Degree in Economics from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, USA.
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