Country Background Reports

Over several decades NCEE has been studying what makes the best education systems in the world stand out. Below are a set of Country Background Reports on the development and implementation of some of the worlds leading education systems.

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The Challenge from Asia (2006)
In addition to an extensive review of the relevant literature, this paper draws heavily on field research done in China in October 2005 and in India in March 2006 as part of an international comparative study conducted by the National Center on Education and the Economy.

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BelguimsmallcoverOverview of Education On Flemish Belgium (2006)

Belgium devolved responsibility for schooling to its four regional governments over the past twenty years. In Flanders, devolution has continued with increasing numbers of the schools operated by non-governmental entities.

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Belgian innovationscoversmallRecent Innovations in Belgian and Flemish Belgian Education (2006)

A list of the innovations which set this education system apart, from free preschool starting at age 2.5 to the option of apprenticeship in upper secondary.

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CanadasmallcoverCanadian Education Report (2005)

Canada has the highest stock of human capital in terms of educational attainment in the OECD. In 2001, the share of the adult population with tertiary education – not necessarily university-level – was 40 percent (followed by the United States at 35 percent).

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ChinasmallcoverChina: A Study in Paradoxes, A Preliminary Report (2005)

This is a preliminary report of field research done in China in October 2005 as part of an international comparative study conducted by the National Center on Education and the Economy.

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DenmarksmallcoverDenmark Education Report (2006)

As matters stand today, the Danes have one of the most successful economies on earth, thanks in large part to their highly educated and trained work force, people who are broadly knowledgeable and deeply skilled, people who can take leadership at every level of the economic system and respond quickly to changing circumstances as they arise.

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Finland Education Report 2005Finland Education Report (2005)

Finland’s education system is one of the best in the world and generates people with the right skills to succeed in a modern knowledge economy. One of the secrets of Finland’s success is a high level of public investment in education and training.

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The Case of EnglandThe Case of England (2005)

No state in the United States has produced gains in student performance as fast or on as wide a scale as has England in the years since Maggie Thatcher first became Prime Minister. This is the story of the system that Thatcher put in place, John Major continued and Prime Minister Blair has refined and, in many ways, actually made to work.

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Czech Republic's Education SystemProfile of the Czech Republic’s Education System (2006)

With very high rates of literacy and strong performance in math and science on international comparisons of educational achievement, the Czechs are poised to become a increasingly competitive force within the EU. Yet, their education system is still in transition.

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Indias Education ReportIndia Education Report (2005)

India, with more than a billion residents, has the second largest education system in the world (after China). In a country with such a large population, ten percent enrollment amounts to 9 million students, resulting in 2.5 million new college graduates a year. These numbers driven by the private sector opportunities abroad, and increasingly, back in India, will continue to ensure India’s prowess in delivering high-quality technical manpower.

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IrelandsmallcoverIreland Education Report (2005)

Ireland has one of the highest educational participation rates in the world. It is no wonder that so many international companies look to Ireland again and again when hiring graduates and making location decisions for entrée into the European market.

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Italy Education ReportItaly Education Report (2005)

From 1996 through 2001, Italy enacted a series of new laws focused on the family and the role of government uncharacteristic for a country that has long avoided explicit family policy. An overview of how these changes affected the Italian Education System.

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