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This Education Indicators in Focus No. 15 sets out the changing needs of a more diverse generation of university students.
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This year, more than 23 million people across the OECD and other G20 countries will start university for the first time. They are about to commit themselves to years of study, expecting to gain not just a diploma but also the specific knowledge and skills required to fulfil the needs of their profession and their everyday life.
Education at a Glance 2013: Highlights summarises the OECD’s flagship compendium of education statistics, Education at a Glance.
Everywhere skills transform lives, generate prosperity and promote social inclusion. And if there’s one lesson the global economy has taught us over the last few years, it’s that we cannot simply bail ourselves out of a crisis — stimulus plans and printing money can never be a lasting solution to our economic problems.
Education Policy Outlook reviews the current context and situation of the country’s education system and examine its challenges and policy responses.
In a global economy, the benchmark for educational success is no longer improvement by national standards alone, but the best performing school systems internationally.
Most students enjoy orderly classrooms for their language-of-instruction lessons.
Socio-economically disadvantaged students are less likely to enjoy orderly classrooms than advantaged students. Orderly classrooms – regardless of the school’s overall socio-economic profile – are related to better performance.
Children are starting school at an ever younger age,OECD’s recent Education at a Glance 2013 shows that in 2011 on average over 84% of all four year-old children were enrolled in some form of formal education, which is 5% more than in 2005.
The rapidly growing demand for highly skilled workers has led to a global competition for talent. High-level skills
are critical for creating new knowledge and technologies and for sparking innovation; as such, they are key to
economic growth and social development.
Big data is the foundation on which education can reinvent its business model and build the coalition of governments, businesses, and social entrepreneurs that can bring together the evidence, innovation and resources to make lifelong learning a reality for all.