Reviews of National Policies for Education: Tertiary Education in Chile 2009

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This joint OECD and World Bank review gives a brief overview of post-secondary education in Chile and describes its development over the past twenty years. It presents an analysis of the system and identifies key directions for policy reform in light of the challenges encountered by officials, communities, enterprises, educators, parents and students. It concludes with a set of key recommendations concerning the structure of the system and its labour market relevance; access and equity, governance and management; research, development and innovation; internationalisation; and financing.

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Executive summary

Chileans value education; they see it as the most important and surest path towards continued prosperity. They make great efforts, as individuals and as a society, to have access to and take advantage of high quality educational opportunities. The numbers of young Chileans continuing to tertiary education has grown continuously for the past four decades, and will most likely continue growing for decades more. The economic, social, and personal benefits of more and better education continue to accrue in Chile, along with the desire to keep expanding and improving the national education system.


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