Graduation at Fudan University in Shanghai. Education is an important instrument in building China’s global status.
In China, education is more than a means to deliver high skilled labour. The country has constructed its education policy to demonstrate its ambition to become a global power.
A third of adults in the OECD now have a university degree.
Should the OECD education report inform policy on schools?
We should be cautious of implementing policies off the back of the OECD's annual education report, which makes vast comparisons between countries and leaves out crucial data.
The OECD has moved to limit coal finance, which will put pressure on coal producers worldwide.
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What does the OECD's decision to limit finance for coal power stations mean for coal producers such as Australia?
Right, what shall we do this year?
It brings together 20 of the world's most powerful leaders – but they achieve precious little.
The OECD is seeking to limit finance for coal power.
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Australia is reportedly blocking a deal to limit coal power finance in developing countries.
Exams aren’t testing 21st century skills.
To prepare teachers for the 21st century, we need to reform the way we assess children.
OECD Director of Tax Pascal Saint-Amans has been a strong advocate of global cooperation on tax avoidance.
Country-by-country reporting is the big achievement of the OECD's plan to help stop multinational tax avoidance.
The two-year BEPS project is just a band-aid for a deeply flawed system.
Best use of time?
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A new report from the OECD says pupils in countries that invest a lot in technology in the classroom, don't perform better in tests.
Greek students: worried about their future.
New research shows a rise in popularity of university majors in health care, law and those linked to jobs in the police and military.
The South African government should consider other options to raise revenue instead of the proposed increase in VAT.
South Africa's left wing trade unions may have found an unlikely ally in their objection to the proposed VAT hike. The OECD says there are other options South Africa could consider to raise revenue.
The penny drops? A fight over UN tax oversight was overblown.
The near collapse of development talks in Ethiopia left campaigners angry, but they have more irons in the fire.
The US minimum wage is currently US$7.25 an hour, but workers are fighting for it to be US$15.
Australia doesn't have many of the employment problems still troubling OECD countries, but structural unemployment is one.
Australian aid can make a difference to the lives of millions – but there are few votes and little media interest in it, so it’s an easy target for budget cuts.
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Foreign aid will fall to close to 90 cents in every A$100 of federal government spending in the 2015 budget -- its lowest level ever.
Introducing a so-called ‘Netflix" tax in Australia makes sense.
The arrival of Netflix in Australia has brought into sharp relief the GST base erosion problem caused by global digital commerce. Along with the non-taxation of low-value imported goods, the absence of…
What’s holding girls back at science?
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Schools need to do more to protect both girls and boys from society’s gender stereotyping.
Gender in schools isn’t just about boys vs girls.
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A new report by the OECD on achievement gaps between boys and girls ignores much previous research on gender.
Intelligence on the curriculum.
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As our definitions of what intelligence is change, it might become possible to teach it.
To help Australia meet its G20 commitments, infrastructure projects like Sydney’s WestConnex require a more stringent and transparent cost-benefit analysis.
The OECD’s Going for Growth report released this week is a good reminder of why Tony Abbott wants to be remembered as “the infrastructure Prime Minister”. The OECD argues addressing infrastructure service…