EEAG REPORT 2016: Challenges of Education for Economic Growth

23 Feb 2016

Organized by EEAG, KOF Swiss Economic Institute ETH Zurich, hosted by the Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue
Location: Rüschlikon, Zurich, Switzerland


The question of how to best organise secondary education is fraught with difficulties in every country. Nations are continuously comparing the performance of their own educational systems with others, seeking improvements. Education is expected to achieve many economic and social objectives, often mutually incompatible. Governments tinker with it obsessively.

There have been substantial school reforms in recent years in Italy, France, Finland, and the United Kingdom, to take just four examples – also Switzerland has to some extent seen a number of reforms, such as the harmonisation between cantons. These reforms have variously addressed issues of the degree to which the curriculum has a practical orientation, autonomy of schools, relationship between publicly and privately funded schools, and the management of teachers.

In all cases reform has been deeply controversial. Economists are especially interested in which system provides the best base for economic growth in the future, a subject that is of particular interest in times of sluggish growth in Europe. In this context, the EEAG report 2016 dedicates a chapter to the most important challenges for secondary education.

On February 23, Ursula Renold (KOF Swiss Economic Institute), Rudolf Minsch (economiesuisse), Giuseppe Bertola (EEAG, EDHEC Business School) and Jan-Egbert Sturm (EEAG, KOF Swiss Economic Institute) will discuss the challenges for education to build a fundament on which the economy can prosper. Beat Glogger will moderate the event.



Registration & Coffee


Welcome & Introduction
Stephan Schreckenberg, Head Risk Research, Swiss Re Centre for Global Dialogue


Economic overview Switzerland and Europe
Jan Egbert Sturm, KOF ETH Zurich


Private sector view on education in Switzerland
Rudolf Minsch, Economiesuisse


Comparative overview of the 2ndary educational system in Europe
Giuseppe Bertola, EDHEC Business School


Vocational Education and Training  system in Switzerland and abroad – prerequisites for a successful system
Ursula Renold, ETH Zurich


Is our educational system ready for the future? Discussion round
Moderator: Beat Glogger, scitec-media




EEAG Report

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