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This note summarizes the main characteristics of the German education system. The full edition “Education at a Glance: OECD indicators 2005” provides a rich and up-to-date array of education indicators enabling countries to see themselves in the light of other countries' performance.
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This activity gathers information about qualification systems in participating countries; examines the impact of different qualification policies on lifelong learning; and helps countries to share know-how and policy experience gained from recent reforms and adjustments of qualification systems.
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The main purpose of the thematic review on adult learning is to understand adults’ access and participation in education and training and to enhance policies and approaches to increase incentives for adults to undertake learning activities in OECD countries.
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It has to be realised that the worsening under-funding of higher education institutions jeopardises their capacity to keep and attract the best talent, and to strengthen the excellence of their research and teaching activities. Given that it is highly unlikely that additional public funding can alone make up the growing shortfall, other ways have to be found to increase and diversify the institutions’ income.
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Twelve countries participated in this review, which provided a cross-national perspective on themes of common interest and growing importance regarding the first years of tertiary education. This report, prepared by the review team, regards the study of Germany.