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Education Policy Committee
Ms. Eli Telhaug   
Bureau Members:   
Ms. Margaret Pearce   
Ms. Eliana Chamizo Álvarez   
Mr. Ilyong Cheong EONG   
Mr. Marcel Smits Van Waesberghe   
Ms. Martha Kanter   
(United States)
Korea, Republic of   
New Zealand   
Czech Republic   
United Kingdom   
United States   
European Commission   
Regular Observers (Non-Members):   
Russian Federation   
Observers (International Organisations):   
Council of Europe (COE)   
UN Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO)   
Date of creation:
1st January 2007
31st December 2016

Mandate:   Resolution of the Council approved at its 1248th Session held on 16 September 2011 [C(2011)90 and C/M(2011)14/PROV]




   Extracts of Resolution [C(2011)90 and C/M(2011)14/PROV , Item 155]



Having regard to the Convention on the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development of 14 December 1960; 

Having regard to the Rules of Procedure of the Organisation;

Having regard to the Resolution of the Council concerning the participation of non-Members in the work of subsidiary bodies of the Organisation [C(2004)132/FINAL];

Having regard to the Resolution of the Council of 22 July 1970 establishing an Education Committee [C(70)134], as last renewed and renamed by Council on 14 December 2006, Education Policy Committee [C(2006)173 and C/M(2006)20, Item 265];

Having regard to the recommendations of the In-depth Evaluation of the Education Policy Committee [C(2010)149 and C/M(2011)2, Item 11, ii)];

Having regard to the proposed revision of the mandate of the Education Policy Committee [C(2011)90];


A.   The Education Policy Committee is renewed with the following revised mandate:

1.   The work of the Education Policy Committee (EDPC) reflects and complements the priorities of the OECD as a whole, in providing employment opportunities for all, improving human capital and social cohesion. The Committee contributes to supporting OECD Members and non-Members in their efforts to achieve high quality lifelong learning for all, which contributes to personal development, sustainable economic growth and social cohesion. It is carried out with due regard to the respective mandates of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), the Programme on Institutional Management of Higher Education (IMHE), and the Programme on International Student Assessment (PISA).

2.   In helping Members and non-Members build efficient and effective educational systems and improve learning outcomes, the EDPC provides comparative data and analysis on education policy and implementation. In its focus on education, economy and society, the EDPC covers policy issues ranging from early childhood education and care, schools and higher education to skill formation in youth and adults.

3.   The EDPC is responsible for:

   assisting governments to develop effective, efficient and evidence-based policies for education and learning to meet individual, social, cultural and economic objectives through the development of specific policy recommendations, policy reviews, analyses and data collection;

   overseeing the strategic direction, coherence, quality and communication of OECD work on education carried out by the education bodies;

exchanging information and promoting international co‑operation among OECD Members and, where relevant, with non-Members on the objectives identified under 1) above;

disseminating its policy advice, data and policy analysis to a wide range of stakeholders in OECD Members and non-Members.



4.   Governments should, whenever possible, appoint to the Education Policy Committee senior officials with direct responsibility for advising their governments on general education policy and the allocation of educational resources.

5.   The Council of Europe and UNESCO attend meetings of the Committee as observers.

6.   The Chairs or a Vice-Chair of the Governing Boards of the Centre for Educational Research and Innovation (CERI), the Programme on Institutional Management in Higher Education (IMHE), and the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) may attend meetings of the Committee ex officio.

Relationship with other bodies

7.   The EDPC shall maintain close working relationships with other relevant bodies of the Organisation working on issues that affect the development and implementation of education policy and have implications for other policy areas. The Committee shall enhance its relations with other international and regional organisations active in this policy field to maximise synergies. It may consult with non-governmental bodies, as and when necessary.

Co-ordination of the OECD's Work on Education

8.   The Committee will develop a medium-term strategy for work in the field of education, foster coherence in the overall programme of work of the other Education bodies and evaluate this work at the strategic level.

9.   For work delegated to its subsidiary bodies, it shall ensure clarity of mandates, provide guidance on priorities and establish integrated oversight and evaluation mechanisms. It shall receive regular reports from subsidiary bodies to ensure their co-ordination, policy integration, timeliness and evaluation.


B.   The mandate of the Education Policy Committee shall remain in force until 31 December 2016.

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