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Education, economy and society

Education systems reflect national societies, cultures and economies—and shape them, too. OECD works to understand education in these wider contexts, including its impact on individual prosperity and national growth, and its role in combating poverty and social exclusion at every stage of life. Find out more.

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All Immigration is Local: How Regional Factors Shape Global Migration


Regional and municipal governments take on significant responsibilities in the management of migration and in successfully integrating migrants. They provide training programs, deliver anti-discrimination and cultural diversity projects helping migrants use effectively their skills and provide language services for children and youth through the education system.

Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011


Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011 showcases over 60 recently built or refurbished educational facilities from 28 countries. Collectively, these projects demonstrate state-of-the-art design in this field and each one is lavishly illustrated with colour photos, plans and descriptions.

See the BBC slideshow “Knowledge economy: Global best school buildings”


OECD Skills Strategy


In a globally competitive, knowledge-based economy, having skills is no longer just the advantage but a necessity. While many countries have developed strategies to improve the skills level of their citizens, their success in implementing them varies widely.To help them, the OECD is preparing a Skills Strategy with the aim of fostering a cross-government, peer-learning approach towards improving the supply of, and anticipating the demand for, skilled workers.

Inclusion of Students with Disabilities in Tertiary Education and Employment


This book examines the transition of young adults with disabilities from school to tertiary education and work. It analyses the policy experiences of several OECD countries and identifies recent trends in access to education and employment as well as best transition policies and practices.

International Summit on the Teaching Profession (New York City – March 16-17, 2011)


Download the presentation  “Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession – Lessons from around the world”

Watch a replay of the webcast of the closing session of the International Summit on the Teaching Profession.

Download  the background report – Building a High-Quality Teaching Profession: Lessons from around the world

Facility of the week: Designing for Education


CELE launched its flagship publication “Designing for Education: Compendium of Exemplary Educational Facilities 2011” in Paris on 29 September 2011. This publication is the culmination of CELE’s continuing efforts to promote and share state-of-the-art design in educational facilities. Every Monday we will present a different “facility of the week”. Don’t miss them!


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