Educational policies need to be based on a solid understanding of how effectively economies use their talent pool, and of how better skills will translate into better jobs, higher productivity, and ultimately, better economic and social outcomes, according to Angel Gurría.
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An OECD study of vocational education and training designed to help countries make their systems more responsive to labour market needs. It expands the evidence base, identifies a set of policy options and develops tools to appraise VET policy initiatives.
This report reviews Chile’s scholarship abroad scheme and provides an overview of best practices for scholarship programmes at the international level. In addition it analyses the design and institutional framework of the Chilean programme and recommends ways to maintain and improve the scheme.
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The Assessment of Higher Education Learning Outcomes (AHELO) is a direct evaluation of student performance and will provide data on the relevance and quality of teaching and learning in higher education.
Increasing the share of vocational secondary schooling has been a mainstay of development policy for decades, especially in formerly socialist countries. However, the transition to market economies led to restructuring of school systems and a decline in the number of vocational students.
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The Austrian VET system has a number of strengths: The dual system has many commendable features, with well-structured apprenticeships that integrate learning in schools and workplace training and youth unemployment rates are low.
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Many strengths are apparent in the Chinese system for vocational education and training in upper secondary schools. The strengths include: The establishment of 9 year schooling with almost all children in China now completing lower secondary education.
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Reviews of Higher Education in Regional and City Development are the OECD’s vehicle to mobilise higher education for economic, social and cultural development of cities and regions. They analyse how higher education systems impact local and regional development and assist in improving this impact.
Pointers for Policy Development are designed for busy policymakers and others wanting to know the OECD’s policy advice on different education and training topics within each of the thematic reviews carried out by the Education and Training Policy Division.