European Commission - Press release
Education trends report highlights need for effective funding for schools and universities
Brussels, 13 September 2011 - The European Commission today welcomed the launch of 'Education at a Glance 2011', a new report which gathers statistical data on investment in education, student-teacher ratios, teaching hours, graduate numbers and results. 21 EU countries are covered by the report, which is compiled annually by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), drawing on data jointly collected with Eurostat and the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO).
Androulla Vassiliou, European Commissioner for Education, Culture, Multilingualism and Youth, said: "The report provides invaluable evidence and data for policy-makers. Its findings underline the importance of our Europe 2020 targets to reduce early school leaving and boost university education, both in terms of increasing graduate numbers and quality. 35% of jobs in the EU will require high-level qualifications by 2020, so it's vital that we continue to invest properly in schools and universities. Education must remain a top priority for the EU, even in a tough economic climate."
Education at a Glance 2011
Education at a Glance covers 34 OECD Member countries including all EU Member States except Bulgaria, Cyprus, Malta, Latvia, Lithuania and Romania, as well as, among others, Australia, Canada, Japan, South Korea and the United States. It also includes data on other important economies (G20 countries), amongst them Brazil, India and China.
The report shows that, the EU countries perform near the OECD average, but with strong differences between them (for details see full report). All the countries featured in the report face the same challenge of improving educational results while public resources are, in many cases, being cut. The report demonstrates that improving the quality of education systems yields high economic and social returns.
Where EU countries in the report perform better on average than the OECD as a whole:
Where the OECD as a whole outperforms the EU countries:
Among other points, the 2011 Education at a Glance report reveals that:
To find out more:
The event will be webstreamed at http://webcast.ec.europa.eu
Further information on Education at a Glance 2011 is available at
The full report is available to accredited journalists on a password-protected site.
OECD press release:
European Commission: The EU's targets in education and training