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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    Implementing Education Reforms to Enhance School Performance

    Although countries differ greatly in how their education systems are structured, financed, and the extent to which they are centralized, they share common obstacles that undermine reform success. Beyond the obvious steps of providing adequate resources and professional development, there are ways to improve the implementation of school-wide reforms.

    Nov 13, 2015

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    Understanding the Factors Associated with Academic Achievement

    RAND Europe and University of Cambridge researchers are seeking to determine how currently-available proxies for socio-economic deprivation compare to the rich measures of socio-economic circumstances in terms of their power to predict pupils’ achievement.

    Nov 9, 2015

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    Syrian Refugees: All You Need to Know

    The world can only absorb so many millions of refugees. The civil war in Syria demands a political solution facilitated by international leadership that will bring stability and enable refugees to return to home.

    Sep 17, 2015

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    Help Syria Avoid a 'Lost Generation'

    Young Syrian refugees are brimming with potential, but lack the educational and livelihood pathways through which to channel their energy and aspirations. As the international community looks for ways to end the violence in the region, it must not overlook the plight or the potential of these children.

    Jul 17, 2015

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    Assessing the Feasibility of International Branch Campuses: Factors Universities Consider when Establishing Campuses Abroad

    Explores the steps in the decision-making process higher education institutions go through when establishing an international branch campus and key factors used to evaluate the potential campus.

    May 26, 2015

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    Comparing Higher Education Entrance Qualifications and Exams in Europe

    The EU considers higher education obliged to help improve the acquisition of skills necessary for economic growth. An analysis of admission systems across ten countries recommends ways to tackle the increasing demand for university education in an era of declining resources.

    May 7, 2015

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    Evaluating UNICEF's Emergency Education Response Programme

    RAND Europe is conducting an evaluation of UNICEF's emergency education response programme in Jordan for Syrian refugee children.

    Mar 5, 2015

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    Don't Let Education Be a Casualty in the Syrian Civil War

    At least half of Syrian refugee children aren't in school. Those who are face risks to the quality of education they receive, a risk they share with host-country children. But by making long-term investments, the international community can help ensure education isn't another casualty of the war.

    Jan 21, 2015

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    Building a Sound Technical and Vocational Education and Training System

    Technical and vocational education and training in India has expanded significantly over the past two decades. But quality and relevance remain significant issues. What may be learned from other countries' experiences?

    Dec 31, 2014

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    Measuring Impact: How Australia and the UK Are Tackling Research Assessment

    The UK is the first country to attempt to allocate funding based on the wider societal impact of research, and in 2012, a subset of higher education institutions in Australia ran a small-scale pilot exercise to assess impact and understand the potential challenges of the process. What can be learned by comparing the UK and Australian approaches?

    Dec 8, 2014

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    The African Institutions Initiative: Insights from the First Four Years

    This report presents the findings and recommendations from the evaluation of the first four years of the African Institutions Initiative, a Wellcome Trust funded programme to build sustainable health research capacity.

    Sep 12, 2014

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    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

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    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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    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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    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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    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

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    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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    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 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 23, 2013

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

    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