UK rated 10th best in world for teaching '21st-century skills'

tes | March 05, 2019

The UK is the tenth best country in the world for equipping its youth with "21st-century skills", according to a new international league table.The Worldwide Educating for Future Index, which rates 50 countries on how well they are equipping young people between the ages of 15 and 24 with "future skills", ranked Finland as the top nation overall.As well as finishing in the top 10, the UK was judged to have the third-best teaching environment. The index was produced by the Economist Intelligence Unit on behalf of the Yidan Prize Foundation, and is now in its second year.It differs from other international league tables because, rather than rating countries on "outputs" in the form of test results, it judges them on "inputs" – namely, whether a nation's policy, teaching and socioeconomic environment is conducive to teaching "future-oriented skills".The index defines these as "entrepreneurship; leadership; digital skills; communication; global awareness and civic education; and creativity". Last year, the UK came seventh out of 35 nations, but this year it dropped to tenth out of 50 – although changes to the methodology used means the two tables are not directly comparable. The UK performed particularly strongly on its teaching environment, which was rated the third best in the world for equipping students with future skills, behind only the Netherlands and Canada.

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Sommet Education, a major higher education player, was built around Glion Institute of Higher Education and Les Roches Global Hospitality Education, two hospitality management institutions acquired by Eurazeo in 2016. With 5,000 students from over 100 countries, the group cultivates the global hospitality leaders of tomorrow. Located in Switzerland, Sommet Education is truly unique, as it is the only hospitality management group with two institutions ranked in the top four hospitality schools worldwide and the top three by employer reputation.

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