In the global knowledge economy, people’s skills, learning, talents and attributes – their human capital – have become key to both their ability to earn a living and to wider economic growth. Education systems can do much to help people realise their potential, but when they fail it can lead to lifelong social and economic problems.
In India, Vikrant Roberts is getting ready for another day at SAP, an international software firm with a base in Bangalore. The city is India’s high-tech hub, and it’s changing rapidly, says the 28-year-old software engineer. “Bangalore used to be a small town kind of place. You could go for nice long walks, it was quiet. Now, it’s really getting crowded. The ...