over a third of young people graduate from universities in the OECD area and about a tenth finish shorter, more work-oriented courses. But the rapid expansion of higher education  and its growing cost are focusing attention in many countries on issues of quality, relevance and efficiency.
How should higher education respond to the growing and widening demand for effective services? And what can policy makers do to improve access, quality and value for money in higher education? OECD countries also face major challenges in ensuring adults don’t end their education on graduation day, but go on actively learning throughout their lives.
What does OECD do?
special review is examining the organisation, management and delivery of tertiary education in 23 countries, while OECD has also worked on guidelines for cross-border education. There has been a review of adult learning and of how it can be promoted through the use of national qualifications systems. OECD has also examined the potential for e-learning in post-secondary education.
IMHE is the OECD’s Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education - a unique international forum for higher education institutions that addresses issues such as their contribution to regional development, the roles of public and private funding in higher education, and trends like the rising popularity of overseas and remote study.

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