Portugalís tertiary education sector has expanded significantly over the last 20 years, but participation and overall educational attainment levels remain below European standards and enrolment rates have begun to decline. The OECD review recommends that Portugalís national government should focus on strategic direction and leave higher education institutions wider latitude for accomplishing public priorities consistent with their mission. Among its proposals for reform, the review calls for the creation of a National Council on Higher Education to oversee Portugalís higher education strategy. The review also calls for major changes in the governance and management of higher education institutions to bring them into line with national goals, encourage their responsiveness and efficiency, and improve their quality. Improving research and innovation is a key strategic objective of the Portuguese government, and the OECD review suggests a number of qualitative changes in Portugalís tertiary education system to enhance performance in this area.
Table of contents:
Executive Summary Chapter 1. Introduction and Context Chapter 2. System Diversity and System Co-ordination Chapter 3. Institutional Governance Chapter 4. Educational Programmes: Access, Quality, and Relevance Chapter 5. Research, Innovation and Internationalisation Chapter 6. Financing Tertiary Education Chapter 7. Conclusions Annex A. Schedule of Visit 15-26 May 2007 Annex B. List of Submissions Annex C. History of Governance Annex D. Income-Contingent Loans Annex E. Terms of Reference for the OECD Team Annex F. List of Acronyms References