International Education

Children around the world have the right to a quality education. RAND has worked to design and implement comprehensive standards-based education reform in the Middle East and Korea, and continues to conduct research in all areas of international education policy in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia.

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    Blog

    With Child Migrants Set to Become Students, Educators Must Prepare

    Between 70,000 and 90,000 unaccompanied children are expected to cross the U.S.-Mexico border by year's end. Lost in an intensifying debate over U.S. immigration policy is the possibility that this wave will spill from shelters to schools. To best respond to this reality, policymakers and educators should consider what research says about educating migrant children.

    Jul 14, 2014

  • Journal Article

    The International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme in Mexico as Preparation for Higher Education

    In this study we analyse the relationship between Mexican students' enrolment in the International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme (DP) and their college preparedness using a case-study methodology.

    Jan 1, 2014

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    Blog

    Comparing Higher Education Entrance Qualifications Across Europe

    Given the opportunities for mobility of students and graduates across Europe, there is a need to understand how each country's higher education admission requirements compare, and to consider the long-term effects of those requirements on the skills, innovativeness, and resilience of Europe's workforce, says Cecile Hoareau McGrath.

    Nov 27, 2013

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    Project

    Evaluating the Impact of Access to Private Comprehensive Schooling in Mexico

    One promising avenue for delivering high-quality services to poor populations in developing countries is through subsidized private schools. RAND is investigating the impact and cost-effectiveness of a privately provided, affordable comprehensive schooling model for poor families in Mexico City.

    Nov 4, 2013

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    Blog

    For Pardee RAND Graduate School, a $3.6 Million Gift

    Frederick S. Pardee, a former RAND researcher, contributed $3.6 million to support the Pardee RAND Graduate School and to create its Pardee Initiative for Global Human Progress. His generous gift will seed projects that help those in developing countries.

    Sep 4, 2013

  • News Release

    India's Rapidly Expanding Higher Education System Could Be Improved by Linking Education Quality to Funding

    India's higher education system faces challenges from underprepared faculty, unwieldy governance, and other obstacles to innovation and improvement. Instituting policies that link funding to quality could hold schools accountable for their performance, encourage greater innovation, and further the nation's education goals.

    Jul 23, 2013

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    Research Brief

    Linking Funding and Quality to Improve Higher Education in India

    RAND researchers developed a course of action to help India implement policies and reforms that link higher education quality to funding to increase accountability, encourage greater innovation, and contribute to national goals.

    Jul 22, 2013

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    Report

    Linking Funding and Quality to Improve Higher Education in India

    India's higher education system faces challenges from underprepared faculty, unwieldy governance, and other obstacles to innovation and improvement. Instituting policies that link funding to quality could hold schools accountable for their performance, encourage greater innovation, and further the nation's education goals.

    Jul 22, 2013

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    Project

    Examining the IB Diploma Program in Mexico

    Mexican students enroll in International Baccalaureate Diploma Programs to be more prepared for college, rather than to boost their college admissions options, according to RAND case studies.

    Jul 12, 2013

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    Blog

    The Middle East's Science Revolution?

    Even as conflict rages, a wave of research and innovation in Arabian Gulf countries is bringing with it significant investment in science and research infrastructure — and even U.S.-style universities, writes Shelly Culbertson.

    Jun 27, 2013

  • Report

    Sustaining the Qatar National Research Fund

    In order to sustain itself, the Qatar National Research Fund (QNRF) will need to make measurable progress toward achieving its mission of fostering a research culture in Qatar. The QNRF must also evolve its governance structure and related infrastructure to accommodate potential new responsibilities.

    Aug 22, 2012

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    Launching the Qatar National Research Fund

    The QNRF, the first research-funding organization of its kind in the Middle East, has grown over its first five years from a small start-up to an institution that has awarded about $500 million in research grants. QNRF's programs have laid the foundation for a domestic research infrastructure in Qatar.

    Aug 21, 2012

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    Multimedia

    Nurturing the Arab Spring: What Can Be Done to Remove Existing Barriers to Freedom of Expression in the Arab World?

    In this June 2011 Congressional Briefing, RAND researchers discuss the growing body of creative works produced by Arab authors and artists that counter the intellectual and ideological underpinnings of violent extremism, factors that thwart the distribution of such works, and policy recommendations for overcoming those barriers.

    Jun 13, 2011

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    Project

    Is a Dream Deferred a Dream Denied? Evidence from a Mexican College Lottery

    The standard model of educational decisions predicts no (or minimal) effects of deferral on educational attainment, but this model may not tell the whole story. A study of those who were not accepted by lottery to a Mexican college shows that labor market effects must also be considered.

    Mar 23, 2011

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    Identifying Arabic-Language Materials for Children That Promote Tolerance and Critical Thinking

    A focus on children, whose ideas are still being developed, may be more effective in promoting tolerance and critical thinking in the Arabic–speaking world than efforts directed toward adults, whose attitudes are already established.

    Mar 22, 2011

  • Journal Article

    Early Academic Performance, Grade Repetition, and School Attainment in Senegal: A Panel Data Analysis

    This study takes advantage of a unique data set from Senegal that combines test score data for children from the second grade with information on their subsequent school progression from a follow-up survey conducted seven years later.

    Dec 31, 2009

  • Event

    World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE), Forum 2009

    The RAND-Qatar Policy Institute is partnering with WISE for this forum, November 16-18, 2009, in Qatar. The event will draw leaders from government, business, civil society, academia, NGOs, grassroots movements, top-tier media, and art to focus on Global Education: Working Together for Sustainable Achievements.

    Nov 15, 2009

  • News Release

    Independent Schools Adopted New Curricula and Teaching Methods Early in Qatar's Education Reform

    As the nation of Qatar reformed its education system from 2005 to 2007, teachers at new independent schools worked together to develop curricular contents that addressed new international curriculum standards in key subjects, applied significantly more student-centered teaching methods and provided more challenging learning environments.

    Nov 6, 2009

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    Barriers to the Broad Dissemination of Creative Works in the Arab World

    Many analysts have examined the media that violent extremists use to communicate their core messages. Far less research, however, has been devoted to the growing body of creative works produced by Arab authors and artists that counter the intellectual and ideological underpinnings of violent extremism.

    Sep 4, 2009

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    Report

    Independent Schools Adopted New Curricula and Teaching Methods Early in Qatar's Education Reform

    As Qatar reformed its education system from 2005 to 2007, teachers at new independent schools worked together to develop curricular contents that addressed new international curriculum standards in key subjects, applied significantly more student-centered teaching methods and provided more challenging learning environments.

    Aug 25, 2009