Skills beyond school

Thematic Review of Tertiary Education – Objectives and Methodology


The overall purpose of the review is to provide policy makers with information and analysis to assist them in formulating and implementing policies to achieve national social and economic objectives through tertiary education. It has several key objectives:

  • To synthesise research-based evidence on the impact of tertiary education policies and disseminate this knowledge among participating countries.
  • To identify innovative and successful policy initiatives and practices.
  • To facilitate exchanges of lessons and experiences among countries.
  • To identify future policy options.

Guidelines for country participation in the review
This document describes the objectives and organisation of the review. It comprises: (i) Purposes (ii) Scope (iii) Key Issues to be addressed and (iv) Process and Methodology.

Country Participation
Twenty-four countries are participating in the review:  Australia, Belgium (Flemish Community), Chile, China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, France, Greece, Iceland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russian Federation, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, and the United Kingdom.
Fourteen countries are also hosting a visit by a review team:  China, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Finland, Iceland, Japan, Korea, Mexico, the Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Poland and Spain.

The review will produce a range of outputs that will be disseminated through print and electronic means, workshops and seminars:

  • A framework to guide analysis and policy development.
  • Country Background Reports produced by all participating countries.
  • Country Notes for all countries visited by teams of experts.
  • Commissioned papers.
  • Proposals for data development.
  • A final comparative report with the conclusions of the study (late 2007).

Major Developments

  • In April 2004, countries agreed on the framework, scope and process for the review and identified the major issues for investigation and the review was officially launched. (See Guidelines for country participation).
  • The first workshop of participating countries, hosted by the Swiss Federal Office for Professional Education and Technology, was held in Berne on 6-7 June 2005.
  • Review visits by experts to countries participating in the Country Review strand began in March 2005 and will continue until September 2006. Country Background Reports will be posted on the website as they become available.
  • The second workshop of participating countries was held on 26-27 January 2006 at OECD Headquarters in Paris.
  • The third workshop of participating countries, hosted by the Czech Ministry of Education, Youth and Sport, was held in Prague on 30 November - 1 December 2006.
  • The fourth workshop of participating countries will take place in September 2007.

Next Steps

  • Review teams are preparing Country Notes based on their site visits. These will be posted on the Country Reviews page as they become available.
  • The final synthesis report will be completed early 2008. Dissemination activities will then be launched.


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