September 22, 2017

Finland among best for next generation education

Globalisation and digital technology create new demands for the future working and personal life and here education plays a significant role.
Globalisation and digital technology create new demands for the future working and personal life and here education plays a significant role.
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In the first Worldwide Educating for the Future Index, Finland comes out on top in every category.

The index, created by the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU) and commissioned by the Yidan Prize Foundation, evaluates how the education system of today prepares students between the ages 15–24 for the rapidly changing work landscape. Some countries proved to be far ahead while many countries are still in need of major improvement.

“The world no longer cares about what students know, but what they can do with what they know,” says Tony Wagner of Harvard University.

To explore how education in the 35 participating economies lives up to a list of new demands, each was evaluated across three domains: policy environment, teaching environment and socio-economic environment.

Finland excelled by ranking third, with only Canada and New Zealand ahead in the overall ranking. In the socio-economic environment, however, Finland was the leader. Along with an additional fourth place in policy environment and a seventh in teaching environment the report had many positive things to say about how Finnish students are prepared for the future.

Together with France, Finland is ahead when it comes to having a project-based learning focus in its assessment frameworks and along with New Zealand, Canada and Switzerland, Finland is a high scorer with a free and fair society – to name but some of the results.

The 10 best in the overall ranking also included Switzerland, Singapore, United Kingdom, Japan, Australia and Netherlands. The bottom five featured China, Nigeria, Egypt, Indonesia and Iran.

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