UK EdTech Firms Look To Expand in Southeast Asian Markets

A delegation of 18 UK education technology companies exhibited at BETT Asia in Thailand this week, showing innovative methods of delivering education at Asia Pacific’s leading EdTech summit. 

The UK firms, offering services in AI, real-time data, teacher training, and language learning, were accompanied by UK Exports Minister Marcus Fysh at the exhibition. The UK government and EdTech firms hope to win new markets in the fast-growing Southeast Asian markets.

The UK, home to over 1,000 innovative EdTech and educational supply companies, has much to offer as an established and fast-growing hub for emerging EdTech, the government says.

Two countries in Southeast Asia – Vietnam and Indonesia – have been named in the five priority countries and regions in the UK’s International Education Strategy. This aims to increase education exports to £35 billion per year and to boost the number of international students in the UK to 600,000 per year by 2030.

Southeast Asia is an important partner for the UK in education as the region has contributed more than £800 million in education exports in the last 5 years, making it the 3rd global education export performer after China, and the Middle East and North Africa.

“The UK’s education sector is one of the jewels in the crown of our service exports, and I’m pleased to see so many British businesses on display here at BETT Asia. The education services that UK firms can provide around the world hugely benefit student outcomes and inclusivity, as well as strengthening partnerships with schools, colleges, universities and industry in the ASEAN region,” minister Fysh said.