CJ Koh Professorship: Professorial Lecture entitled "Translating Better Skills into Better Economic and Social Outcomes"

CJ Koh Professorship: Professorial Lecture entitled "Translating Better Skills into Better Economic and Social Outcomes"

Date & Time

03 November 2011, 00:00


Auditorium, Civil Service College, 31 North Buona Vista Road


Office of Education Research (OER)



Events Details

Time: 3.30pm - 5.30pm

Synopsis / Presentation Slides
Everyone knows being skilled is an advantage; skilled workers are more productive and therefore tend to earn more and have better employment prospects. Greater productivity, in turn, is the foundation for sustainable economic growth in countries, and failure to ensure a good skills match has both short-term consequences (skills shortages) and becomes a longer-term drag on growth and equality of opportunities. Most governments have understood that, and public spending on education and training alone represents 13% of total public expenditure in the industrialised world.

The trouble is that there is no automaticity in these relationships: Skills do not automatically translate into higher incomes and high productivity and there is good evidence that systems can do better in both developing and making use of the skills of the workforce. Success with converting skills into jobs and growth will depend on a good understanding of what those skills are that drive strong, sustainable and balanced economic outcomes; whether the right mix of skills is being taught and learned in effective, equitable and efficient ways; whether economies and labour-markets are able to fully utilise their skill potential; and whether governments can build strong coalitions with the business sector and social investors to find sustainable approaches to who should pay for what, when and where. The lecture will examine internationally comparative evidence in this field.

Andreas Schleicher is Special Advisor on Education Policy to Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development's (OECD) Secretary-General. As Head of OECD’s programmes on indicators and analysis in the Directorate for Education, he is also responsible for the development and analysis of benchmarks on the performance of education systems and on the impact of knowledge and skills on economic and social outcomes, including the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (PIAAC), the Programme for Measurement on Teachers, Teaching and Learning and the Education Indicators Programme (INES). Before joining the OECD in 1994, he was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA).

Professor Schleicher studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the 'Theodor Heuss' prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for "exemplary democratic engagement". He holds an honorary professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

Please register your attendance with the Office of Education Research at email: cjkoh.professorship@nie.edu.sg by 25 October 2011.

Light refreshments will be served after the lecture.