Education ministers from around the world will meet at the OECD on 4 and 5 November to discuss the challenge of maintaining investment in education and training, essential for long-term growth, at a time of rising costs and shrinking budgets.

Ministers from 34 countries including France, Germany, Russia, South Africa, the United Kingdom and the United States will also compare efforts to improve vocational training, attract more and better candidates to

teaching and improve students’ learning and life chances.

Events open to media

A closing news conference will be held at 1.15 p.m. – 2.00 p.m. on Friday 5 November at OECD headquarters.

Education ministers from Austria, Mexico and New Zealand – Claudia Schmied, Alonso Lujambo, and The Honourable Anne Tolley – with OECD Education Director Barbara Ischinger, will present the outcomes of the meeting.

More information on programme and ministers:

On the morning of Thursday 4 November, journalists are also invited to attend the OECD Education Policy Forum, “Investing in skills for the 21st century” In a mix of panel discussions and question and answer sessions, education ministers, academics and other experts will discuss new approaches to equip students with the skills they need in a fast-changing world. Full details available at, live webcast of the event available at: and coverage via Twitter (OECD_Edu and OECDlive).


To register for the news conference and Forum, journalists should email

To arrange interviews in advance or during the meeting, please contact Spencer Wilson, OECD Media division(tel. + 33 1 45 24 81 18).

More information about the OECD’s work on education is available at