OECD work with non-OECD economies aims to contribute to their economic growth, social development and good governance practices. This work is crucial to the OECD so that it remains at the cutting edge of policy dialogue and analysis. Although work on education in emerging and transition economies is a high priority in the programme of work of the Directorate for Education, the activities rely almost entirely on voluntary contributions from OECD and non-OECD countries and other institutions.
Many non-OECD countries are involved in different parts of OECD work on education:
- In collaboration with the Education and Training Policy Division, NME is currently participating in a project on “Education for Disabled and At-Risk Students in South Eastern Europe”.
- In partnership with the Russian Ministry of Education and Science and the Civilian Research Development Fund, an on-going project to promote research in universities and the management of intellectual property has led to three pilot projects and a number of seminars.
The work of the OECD offers a set of general directions and specific recommendations for policies to address key issues of access, quality and standards in teaching; new directions to diversify and deliver tertiary education; the quality of research in academic and research establishments; and reforms in the governance, management and financing of teaching and research. The non-members unit also maintains close relations with and undertakes joint activities with other international organisations and leading NGOs (World Bank, European Training Foundation, UNICEF, British Council, Open Society Institute, et al.)