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OECD Says UK Graduate Skills Don't Add Up (and Make for Poor Reading): News

Magazine article The Times Higher Education Supplement : THE

OECD Says UK Graduate Skills Don't Add Up (and Make for Poor Reading): News

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A study showing that UK university degrees sometimes fail to give people better skills than school-leavers in other countries will provide an "inspiring source for future analysis", according to a senior figure at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development.

Andreas Schleicher, the OECD's deputy director for education and skills, spoke at a press briefing on the organisation's first survey of adult skills.

The audit tested the literacy, numeracy, problem-solving and other key skills of more than 150,000 people aged 16 to 65 across 24 countries.

The study - which includes measurements of the skills of university graduates in different nations - follows in the footsteps of the OECD's Programme for International Student Assessment (Pisa), which measures the performance of school pupils.

Known as the Programme for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies (Piaac), the new OECD survey could "maybe one day become something like a Pisa for adults", Mr Schleicher told reporters in London on 7 October.

England and Northern Ireland (referred to as the UK in the study) fare poorly, ranking 13th in literacy and 16th in numeracy, while Japan comes top in both.

However, the UK scores much better on criteria measuring whether people use their skills at work - suggesting that it is able to extract maximum value from a limited skills base.

Degree comparability questioned

In comments that may worry some universities, Mr Schleicher said that the Piaac shows that "more education doesn't automatically translate into better skills, better jobs, better lives". …

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