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Biggest Asian workforces underprepared for digital future: survey

China, India, Indonesia rank low in education benchmark for tomorrow's skills

HONG KONG -- The economies of China, India and Indonesia are digitizing fast, but their populations may not be well equipped to reap the benefits of a world experiencing rapid globalization, urbanization and technological innovation, according to a survey that rates how well countries prepare their future workforce.

The Economist Intelligence Unit examined 35 economies, including 12 in the Asia-Pacific region, for its Worldwide Educating for the Future Index launched Tuesday. The London-based research firm ranked New Zealand, Singapore, Japan, Australia, South Korea and Hong Kong as above average -- most of them wealthier areas with smaller populations. The lower half of the index included Taiwan, the Philippines, Vietnam, India, Indonesia and mainland China.

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