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Public-Private Partnerships in ICT for education

20.09.2013

Public-Private Partnerships (PPP) with ICT (e-education) is driven by different factors, which lead in divergent targets and bottom lines. However, public and private sector may share common interests which are development issues such as having educated and healthy citizens and expanding markets for sustainable growth of e-learning. According to a recent World Bank report, per capita economic growth is driven by three information and communication technology (ICT)-related components: 1) investments in equipment and infrastructure, 2) investments in human capital and efficient use of labour, 3) capital that would increase productivities.  These three factors are key areas of interest to the public and private sector, and it is assumed that when public and private partners join forces to improve the provision of e-education services, their complementary strengths can accelerate the pace of progress.

More opportunities are opening up for PPP supported education and training both at the national and transnational levels as traditional models of providing education and training can no longer meet the demand. The article ends with introduction of four aspects of e-education provisions as follow: 1) PPPs for Infrastructure and Equipment, 2) PPP for the Provision of Educational and Professional Training, 3) PPP for e-Education and Social Development, 4) PPP in ICT for Basic Education.

This article mainly focuses on PPP with ICT from social and economic development perspectives. However, the authors well illustrate social and economic factors of what government and private sector are interested in as well as new collaborative opportunities for both public and private sector in areas of PPP in ICT-supported education (e-learning) which can provide different yet innovative views for experts in education sector.