Benchmarking Higher Education System Performance

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The scope of contemporary higher education is wide, and concerns about the performance of higher education systems are widespread. The number of young people with a higher education qualification is expected to surpass 300 million in OECD and G20 countries by 2030. Higher education systems are faced with challenges that include expanding access, containing costs, and ensuring the quality and relevance of provision. The project on benchmarking higher education system performance provides a comprehensive and empirically rich review of the higher education landscape across OECD countries, taking stock of how well they are performing in meeting their education, research and engagement responsibilities.


Human resources

Staff, particularly in their interactions with students, are essential to the functioning of higher education systems. This chapter describes the levels and characteristics of human resources in higher education in OECD countries. It looks at human resources in terms of staff profiles, student-to-staff ratios, types of contract, salaries and career trajectories. Further detail on human resources related specifically to research can be found in Chapter 6.


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