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On 18 September, the OECD launched the 2007 edition of its annual publication Education at a Glance. The 451-page publication assesses the performance of education systems in the OECD’s 30 member states and some partner economies. The analysis is based on an elaborate system of indicators which makes comparisons between countries possible. The report was produced by the OECD’s Directorate for Education, under the coordination of Andreas Schleicher.
The analysis is based on data mainly from 2004 and 2005 and covers school education, tertiary education as well as lifelong learning. The book focuses on four main areas: participation and achievement; spending (public and private); lifelong learning; and conditions for pupils and teachers. A special focus of the report is on the effects of expanding higher education graduation rates on labour markets. OECD concludes that the expansion of higher education has led to economic benefits for tertiary graduates, and that it even enhances the employment prospects of the lesser qualified.
Education at a Glance 2007 also contains a sizeable section on international student mobility.
With regard to higher education, key findings of the publication are:
The publication had a lively reception in the media and amongst stakeholders across OECD countries, showing that Education at a Glance has become a fixture in global higher education. In most countries, reactions were factual, listing the particular country’s strong and weak sides. Reactions in Germany, however, which once again scored under average, were highly emotional. A German teachers’ union representative even called on the government to stop payments to the OECD if it did not refrain from “ideological studies” in the future.
For a more detailed presentation of results as well as the full study, visit the OECD website.