Six ways to turn education spending into investments with high returns

Six ways to turn education spending into investments with high returns Last month, I joined a group of former education ministers and experts for a consultation on the key challenges facing ministries of education and how to formulate an appropriate curriculum. I told my fellow participants that the returns to education are high and thatContinue reading “Six ways to turn education spending into investments with high returns”

The Importance of Literacy

Officially proclaimed 50 years ago by UNESCO to promote literacy as an instrument of empowerment, today is International Literacy Day. It is also the first year of implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Sustainable Development Goal 4 aims to ensure that by 2030 everyone at the very least achieves literacy. Indeed, literacy isContinue reading “The Importance of Literacy”

Roundup of blogs and research – September 5, 2016

Is China setting up its first immigration office? President Xi Jinping is seeking overseas talent to help drive the transition of China’s economy from manufacturing and investment to consumer spending and innovation, according to unnamed sources…more Shanghai Elementary Schools Overhaul Testing, Begin Using Letter Grades After a successful pilot program, elementary schools in Shanghai willContinue reading “Roundup of blogs and research – September 5, 2016”

Roundup of blogs and research – August 29, 2016

Accounting for Mismatch in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: Measurement, Magnitudes, and Explanations To stimulate economic advancement, low- and middle-income countries need well-educated and trained workforces to fill the types of skilled jobs that drive economic growth. Improving educational quality and attainment and providing better training are all rightly put forth as policy recommendations to leverageContinue reading “Roundup of blogs and research – August 29, 2016”

World Economic Forum: This investment has an average 10% return

 This investment has an average 10% return “Investing in schooling has long term economic benefits, explains Harry Patrinos: One of the biggest economic benefits of schooling are labor market earnings. For many people, education and experience are their only assets. This is why I believe that it’s very important to know the economic benefits ofContinue reading “World Economic Forum: This investment has an average 10% return”

Roundup of blogs and research – August 19, 2016

Massification of higher education: challenges for admissions and graduate employment in China Ka Ho Mok and Jin Jiang With a strong conviction to transform the country and prepare its people to cope with the growing challenges of the globalising market, the Chinese government has actively increased higher education opportunities. The higher education system has experiencedContinue reading “Roundup of blogs and research – August 19, 2016”

The skills that matter in the race between education and technology

Harry Anthony Patrinos, Practice Manager, Education, World Bank Prepared for the 2016 Brookings Blum Roundtable The threat of automation implies a race between education and technology. In most developing countries, education systems are not providing workers with the skills necessary to compete in today’s job markets. The growing mismatch between the demand and supply ofContinue reading “The skills that matter in the race between education and technology”