Reviews of National Policies for Education: Tertiary Education in Chile


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ISBN: 9789264051386
Publication: 23/02/2009


Reviews of National Policies for Education: Tertiary Education in Chile

Education has been a central priority of Chile since the return of a democratic government in 1990 and remains a priority as Chile prepares itself for OECD membership. A firm commitment to access and equity has led to ever-increasing numbers of young people entering tertiary education, which poses challenges for financing and quality. The government has successfully responded to these challenges, but, as enrolment continues to grow, new policies will need to be implemented to achieve the goal of a world-class tertiary education system responsive to the requirements of a global economy.

This joint OECD and World Bank review gives a brief overview of post-secondary education in Chile and describes its development over the past twenty years. It presents an analysis of the system and identifies key directions for policy reform in light of the challenges encountered by officials, communities, enterprises, educators, parents and students. It concludes with a set of key recommendations concerning the structure of the system and its labour market relevance; access and equity, governance and management; research, development and innovation; internationalisation; and financing. This report will be very useful for both Chilean professionals and their international counterparts.

Executive summary

Chileans value education; they see it as the most important and surest path towards continued prosperity. They make great efforts, as individuals and as a society, to have access to and take advantage of high quality educational opportunities. The numbers of young Chileans continuing to tertiary education has grown continuously for the past four decades, and will most likely continue growing for decades more. The economic, social, and personal benefits of more and better education continue to accrue in Chile, along with the desire to keep expanding and improving the national education system.

Table of contents

  • Executive summary
  • Chapter 1. Overview
  • Chapter 2. Achievements and Issues
  • Chapter 3. Access and Equity
  • Chapter 4. Relevance
  • Chapter 5. Vision, Governance and Management
  • Chapter 6. Quality
  • Chapter 7. Research and Development
  • Chapter 8. Financing
  • Chapter 9. Information, Transparency and Accountability
  • Chapter 10. Conclusions and Recommendations





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