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  • 5-November-2015

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    Korea’s future prosperity depends on skills (OECD Education Today Blog)

    The Korean economy has seen significant growth in the past decades. However, much of the economic growth has been supported by intensive labour resource utilisation. Korean workers work the second longest hours among OECD countries. This is not sustainable in the long-term because Korea’s working age population is projected to decline from 2017 onwards.

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  • 7-October-2015

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    Does social background thwart aspirations for higher education? (OECD Education Today Blog)

    Since the mid-1900s, the expansion of higher education systems has opened up opportunities for many students other than those from the elites. Higher education became the main route towards upward social mobility.

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  • 7-October-2015

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    Education Indicators in Focus No. 35 - How do differences in social and cultural background influence access to higher education and the completion of studies?

    Parents’ level of education still greatly influences that of their children: individuals are 4.5 times more likely to attend higher education if one of their parents has a higher education degree than if both their parents have below upper secondary education.

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  • 22-September-2015

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    Spain’s future prosperity depends on skills (OECD Education Today Blog)

    Spain is emerging from a challenging period. The good news is that the economy has returned to moderate growth and unemployment rates are falling. Yet Spain’s progress along the path to inclusive growth may well falter if steps are not taken today to boost skills outcomes.

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  • 27-August-2015

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    The OECD-Singapore Conference on Higher Education Futures (Singapore, October 14-15 2015)

    The OECD-Singapore Conference on Higher Education Futures will explore forward-looking themes in the global higher education landscape. The Conference will bring together some 500 participants from over 40 countries, representing senior government officials, higher education administrators, academics and practitioners, for an engaging exchange of ideas and best practices.

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  • 13-August-2015

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    Education Indicators in Focus No. 34 - What are the advantages today of having an upper secondary qualification?

    In most OECD countries, the large majority of adults had at least an upper secondary qualification in 2013, making the completion of upper secondary education the minimum threshold for successful labour market entry and continued employability or the pursuit of further education.

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  • 13-August-2015

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    What are the risks of missing out on upper secondary education? (OECD Education Today Blog)

    In just a couple of decades, upper secondary schooling has been transformed from a vehicle towards upward social mobility into a minimum requirement for life in modern societies.

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  • 16-July-2015

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    How to help adult learners learn the basics (OECD Education Today Blog)

    Research shows that programmes to improve adults’ basic skills need to use awareness-raising measures (like the adult education weeks promoted in Denmark and Finland) and national campaigns (as conducted in France and Luxembourg) to encourage interested, but reluctant adults to participate.

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  • 3-July-2015

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    Education Indicators in Focus No.33 - Focus on vocational education and training (VET) programmes

    In 2012, in more than one-third of OECD countries, over half of all upper secondary students participated in pre-vocational or vocational programmes but less than 30% of those students were exposed to work-based learning. Countries with well-established and high-quality vocational and apprenticeship programmes have improved youth employment opportunities.

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  • 3-July-2015

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    Are vocational programmes preparing school leavers for a risky job market? (OECD Education Today Blog)

    One of the most dramatic consequences of the economic crisis has been the soaring levels of youth unemployment in several OECD countries; and the hesitant recovery of the past years was insufficient to improve the job prospects of young people.

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