In emerging markets, the digital transformation of education is gaining traction, and all stakeholders can benefit if they seize new opportunities for collaboration.

Unlike many other sectors, education has come a little late to the digital dance.1But after the initial hype and subsequent disillusionment of mostly modest learning outcomes in the early stages of educational technology in recent years, we now see the sector entering a new phase.

In response to massive demand for more affordable and modular education—fueled by the projection of one billion more digital-native millennial students worldwide over the next 20 years2—and pressure on funding sources, many disruptions in education have focused on creating lower-cost digital supply systems.

We believe, however, that digital’s potential in the education and training sector is more far-reaching, and points to a transition to a digital lifelong learning and training ecosystem.

To understand that opportunity better, we’ve found it useful to examine the changing nature of both supply and demand in multiple education segments. Exhibit 1 depicts a simple framework identifying six dimensions of change. The upper half is linked to moderate degrees of change.

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Enabling seamless lifelong learning journeys—the next frontier of digital education
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Enabling seamless lifelong learning journeys—the next frontier of digital education
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The prospect of a digitally transformed global education market potentially dominated by only a few hyperscaling platforms might seem more of a bane than a boon to many
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