Higher education not available to all: OECD

18th April 2005, Comments 0 comments

18 April 2005, BRUSSELS – Higher education in Flanders may be affordable but it is sadly not accessible to everyone, a report by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has concluded.

18 April 2005

BRUSSELS – Higher education in Flanders may be affordable but it is sadly not accessible to everyone, a report by the Paris-based Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development has concluded.

The study finds that for students and families, Flemish education is among the cheapest of 15 OECD industrialised countries. In terms of cost Flanders comes in fourth position, while Wallonia is sixth.

However, this does not mean that higher education in Flanders is accessible to everyone.

Researchers said there were social barriers to many students, claiming that children whose father has a university degree have an unfair advantage over their peers.

Just under 20 percent of Flemish young people study at university or a polytechnic institution, putting Flanders in ninth place in the OECD’s international rankings.

Subject : Belgian news

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