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Education as the competitive advantage of nations

Education has become one of the fundamental factors in the global competition between nations, and this makes mobilization of knowledge and education a key competitive tool. How does this affect the Danish educational system and institutions? What lessons can be learned from the successful Singapore model? Will ‘mobication’, which combines flexibility and Lifelong Learning, be a viable competitive strategy in the future?

Info about event


Friday 13 May 2011, at 12:30 - at


Campus Emdrup, Aarhus University, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 København NV, Denmark

Organized by Center for Knowledge Theory and Policy together with Center for Research in Compulsory Schooling, DPU, Aarhus University.

At the conference one of the founding fathers of the Singapore model, Prof. S. Gopinathan, National Institute of Education, NTU, Singapore will summarize the Singapore model. In addition, in their presentations, Prof. Ove Kaj Pedersen and principal Dorthe Enger, Niels Steensens Gymnasium, will suggest how to act within a Danish perspective. Ove Kaj Pedersen is known as the author of the book “The Competitive State”, while Dorthe Enger is among the Danish school leaders who have reflected on the impact on Danish education and youth culture.

Friday, May 13, 12:30-16:30, Festsalen, Campus Emdrup, Aarhus University, Tuborgvej 164, 2400 København NV, Denmark.

The conference is free of charge but you need to register.

Please register before Wednesday May 11.

Read conference programme and summaries (pdf)

Read Asterisk article: 'Skolen skaber soldater i nationernes konkurrence' (pdf)