Education and Research
Responsable Delegate: Alexander Folz, Tel. +33 (0)1 55 74 57 18, Contact Form
Germany follows closely what the OECD is doing in the field of education. This work includes developing and testing policy approaches designed to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of education systems. This is done via reviews of specific policy areas, the gathering of statistics on education systems and the identification of indicators for international comparisons.
As education is primarily the responsibility of the Länder under the Federal Republic of Germany’s federal system, Germany is represented on the Education Policy Committee by the Federation and Länder equally.
The Directorate for Education and Skills is also responsible for the Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE), the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI) and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), doubtless one of the best-known OECD products.
As early as 2012, the OECD drew up a comprehensive Skills Strategy to improve the correlation between the qualifications on offer in schools and the skills actually needed in the workplace. On the basis of this Strategy, it also offers national skills strategies. The first edition of the “Skills Outlook”, published in 2013, presented the first-ever results of the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC).
In 2014 the OECD launched the project “The Future of Education and Skills: an OECD Education 2030 Framework”, which aims to provide a framework for identifying the skills needed in the future and finding appropriate ways to teach them to learners. Key focuses are digitalisation, globalisation, technological innovations, climate change and demographic change. Here, too, Germany is represented by both the Länder and the Permanent Representation to the OECD.