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Impact of tertiary education on development - launch and reception

Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 17:30 to 20:00

On 22 April 2014 London International Development Centre (LIDC), Institute of Education (IOE) and the UK Department for International Development (DFID) co-organised  the launch of 'The impact of tertiary education on development: A rigorous literature review', conducted by the Institute of Education and funded by the Department for International Development’s Research and Evidence Division.

The review aims to assess the evidence linking tertiary education to a wide range of economic and human development outcomes in low- and lower middle-income countries. Conclusive evidence of the impact of tertiary education is difficult to demonstrate at the macro level, given inconsistencies in the use of time-lagged analysis and limitations of national data sets. Nevertheless, the review identified evidence of positive outcomes across a diverse selection of countries. Impacts identified include effects on economic growth, productivity in the workplace, as well as a range of benefits to graduates themselves and their institutions. Read the review


Tristan McCowan, Institute of Education
Moses Oketch, Institute of Education
Rebecca Schendel, Institute of Education


Chris Whitty, Chief Scientific Adviser & Director Research and Evidence Division, Department for International Development (DFID)
Gerald Ouma, University of Pretoria
Simon Marginson, Institute of Education


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