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Improving Incentives in Tertiary Education in Belgium

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  • Jens Høj


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    The tertiary education system has been transformed from an elite-oriented system to a system providing tertiary education to a much larger share of each new generation. This re-orientation has contributed to raising education attainment in Belgium. However, in many respects the organisation of the tertiary education systems has not been changed fundamentally and economic incentives are only to a minor extent in place for securing the supply and quality of tertiary education. The system has come under strain, as revealed in the high failure rate among first-year students and the high incidence of subject change. There is thus a need for the system to adapt to be able to continue to support the improvement in educational attainment. Améliorer les systèmes d'incitation dans l'enseignement supérieur en Belgique Auparavant élitiste, l’enseignement supérieur a été transformé en un système devant permettre à une part plus importante de chaque nouvelle génération de faire des études supérieures. Cette réorientation a contribué à élever le niveau de formation en Belgique. Cela étant, à bien des égards, l’organisation du système d’enseignement supérieur n’a pas été fondamentalement modifiée et les conditions économiques permettant d’assurer une offre et une qualité d’enseignement suffisantes sont loin d’être réunies. Le système est en proie à des difficultés, comme en témoigne le taux d’échec élevé des étudiants de première année et les nombreux changements de filière. Il doit donc faire l’objet d’aménagements si l’on veut qu’il puisse continuer à améliorer le niveau de formation.

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    Paper provided by OECD Publishing in its series OECD Economics Department Working Papers with number 587.

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    Date of creation: 20 Dec 2007
    Handle: RePEc:oec:ecoaaa:587-en
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