Conference on Governing Education in a Complex World, 17-18 October, 2016, University Foundation, Brussels, Belgium



Governing multi-level education systems effectively requires governance models that balance responsiveness to local diversity with the ability to ensure national objectives. This is a delicate equilibrium, and one that is difficult to achieve given the complexity of the education system in many OECD countries. As a result, governance issues have moved up political and policy agendas, and countries are increasingly looking for practical models that they can adapt to their own needs. The Governing Complex Education Systems (GCES) project focuses on this issue by targeting two key elements: governance mechanisms and knowledge options.

Co-hosted by the Flemish Ministry of Education and Training and the OECD’s Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), this seminar will bring together state of the art research with country experiences of effective modern education governance. Plenary and workshop discussions will explore shared responsibility and stakeholder involvement, participatory governance, and accountability and professionalism. Interactive workshops will feature presentations of country examples, case studies, and allow for in-depth discussion of key issues in small groups.

  • To convene international delegates who will explore governance challenges in education, including shared responsibility, complexity, and accountability;
  • To host a productive discussion between academia, government and professionals to help come up with collaborative solutions to challenges.


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