The global innovation age is replacing the manufacturing age. Some of the fastest growing industries and jobs didn’t exist even ten years ago.

The world of tomorrow is being created in classrooms today. But how does one prepare a rising generation for realities that don’t yet exist or are constantly changing?

Our education work focuses on a simple idea: give all students access to a rigorous, real-world education geared for the global innovation economy. High-achieving school systems around the world, like Shanghai, Finland, Singapore, among others, have done this with great success. What’s more, OECD data shows that societies with education systems with these characteristics will experience correlating economic growth in a few years’ time.


Asia Society is the leading educational organization dedicated to promoting mutual understanding and strengthening partnerships among peoples, leaders, and institutions of Asia and the United States in a global context. Across the fields of arts, business, culture, education, and policy, the Society provides insight, generates ideas, and promotes collaboration to address present challenges and create a shared future.

Founded in 1956 by John D. Rockefeller 3rd, Asia Society is a nonpartisan, nonprofit institution with headquarters in New York, centers in Hong Kong and Houston, and affiliated offices in Los Angeles, Manila, Mumbai, San Francisco, Seoul, Shanghai, Sydney, and Washington, DC.

Asia Society’s educational mission is to ensure all students have access to a high-quality, global education.

The Asia Society Partnership for Global Learning works with American and international school systems to spread best practices in preparing students for a global innovation economy.

Through classroom resources, teacher tools, articles, publications, speeches, conferences, workshops, newsletters, policy briefs, classroom resources, and services to schools and districts, the Partnership for Global Learning provides:

  • effective strategies for building global competence in elementary and secondary schools
  • successful approaches to creating foreign language programs in schools and districts
  • policy innovations and funding resources to advance international education
  • preparation for teachers to teach about the world
  • ways to harness technology and create new opportunities for international collaboration
  • analyses and lessons from high-performing school systems worldwide
  • an understanding of how international education promotes academic excellence and equity for all students

Global Competence

What students should know and be able to do by the time they graduate high school.

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