PISA 2018 Global Competence



What is global competence?

Global competence is the capacity to examine local, global and intercultural issues, to understand and appreciate the perspectives and world views of others, to engage in open, appropriate and effective interactions with people from different cultures, and to act for collective well-being and sustainable development.


The OECD’s Directorate of Education and Skills, together with Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education, are pleased to announce the public launch of the new OECD PISA Global Competence Framework, the foundation for the 2018 PISA assessment. The launch took place on Harvard’s campus on 12/12/17 from 10:00 to 12:00 EST. 

Learning to participate in interconnected, complex and diverse societies is no longer a luxury but a pressing necessity. Recognising the unique roles that schools play in preparing our youth to participate in our world, PISA has developed a framework to explain, foster and assess adolescents’ global competence. The framework is designed as a tool for policy makers, leaders, and teachers interested in nurturing global competence among young people world wide.

Andreas Schleicher (Director, Directorate of Education and Skills, OECD) will introduce the framework, and leaders in global education will then discuss its implications for educational policies and practices.  



Why do we need global competence?

  • to live harmoniously in multicultural communities
  • to thrive in a changing labour market
  • to use media platforms effectively and responsibly
  • to support the Sustainable Development Goals

Can schools promote global competence?
Schools play a crucial role in helping young people to develop global competence by:

  • providing opportunities to learn about global developments;
  • teaching students how they can develop a fact-based and critical worldview of today;
  • equipping students with the means to analyse a broad range of cultural practices and meanings;
  • engaging students in experiences that facilitate intercultural relations;
  • promoting the value of diversity

Launch of Teaching for Global Competence in a Rapidly Changing World, a new publication by the OECD and the Center for Global Education at Asia Society, at the Education World Forum, 21-24 January 2018, in London.

More information on the publication can be found here.


Archived webcast - Preparing Our Youth for a Better World: OECD PISA Global Competence Framework Launch (12 December, 2017)

PowerPoint - Preparing our youth for an inclusive and sustainable world 
(PISA Global Competence Framework)
from EduSkills OECD


Archived webcast - Education World Forum 2018
Formal Opening Session



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