Distance learning degrees are hot stuff in Asia. The Times of India brings word that distance learning programs allow students in remote regions of Asia to pursue higher degrees.
Asian students report that the available distance learning programs are suitable for working people. They like that they can study anytime, anywhere, and that location isn't a factor. And as Internet connectivity spreads, distance learning opportunities for students across Asia increase.
The Times of India article goes on to report that Asia is not alone in its interest in online education. Across the world distance learning programs are popping up to accommodate students in remote locations.
And though poor Internet service in rural parts of Asia remains a problem, countries are making an attempt to bring twenty-first century technology to the most far-flung students.
China especially seems poised to become a major player in the online education industry. Already it is home to some 68 online colleges. That the country also had high-speed broadband in its major cities is a major factor in the increase in online providers.
Governments across Asia are working hard to build confidence in online education. The glut of so-called diploma mills has sullied the reputation of distance-learning programs. But they stand to provide a vital service to students across Asia, and can therefore be considered vital infrastructure for any burgeoning 21st-century economy.