Inoue, Keiko

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Last updated: January 31, 2023
Keiko Inoue is the World Bank Vietnam Program Leader for Human Development, where she coordinates the Bank’s engagements on education; health, nutrition and population; and social protection, labor, and jobs. She joined the Bank in 2005 and has managed multi-disciplinary investment projects, regional and country-specific analytical products, reimbursable advisory services, and complex client relations. She has worked in over 15 countries including low and middle income and fragile and conflict affected countries, spanning East Asia and the Pacific, Africa, Latin America, South Asia, and Europe and Central Asia Regions. Her areas of technical expertise include skills development and employment, youth development, education reforms, and gender. Prior to joining the Bank, Keiko taught at Stanford University. A Japanese national, she holds a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania and M.A. and Ph.D. from Stanford University. 

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Vietnam’s Human Capital: Education Success and Future Challenges

2020-08-03, Kataoka, Sachiko, Vinh, Le Anh, Kitchlu, Sandhya, Inoue, Keiko

Education policy makers around the world marvel at Vietnam’s success in access to general education and learning outcomes. Despite the country’s relatively low level of economic development, Vietnamese students outperform students in Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) countries on average in the program for international student assessment. What are the factors that have allowed Vietnam to achieve such success? This note shows that Vietnam’s education system shares common characteristics with other successful education systems in East Asia. While some of these factors are sociocultural - which may not be easily replicable in other countries - others are policy decisions from which leaders of other countries may learn. Following the evolution of education in postwar Vietnam, from 1975 to the present, this note highlights the key reforms pursued by the government and the resulting achievements, as well as the obstacles encountered along the way. The note also discusses challenges that Vietnam’s education system faces today in reaching its full potential as a knowledge-based economy.