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Workshop on Education Finance and Administration

In early 2013, Kobe University and UNESCO Bangkok launched a joint project to develop the Training Manual of Analytical Tools for Education Finance and Administration which is designed to introduce different methodologies, and examples of how tools can be applied in the specific country context for analysis of education finance and administration.


With the support of the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science, and Technology of Japan (MEXT) and the Ministry of Education and Sports (MoES) of Lao PDR, Kobe University and UNESCO Bangkok organized a joint workshop to review the manual as well as to collect constructive comments and innovative ideas for its further development from government officials from three countries (Lao PDR, Cambodia and Vietnam), experts and researchers from various universities during 20-22 January, 2014 in Vientiane, Lao PDR.

During the first day of the workshop, Dr. Gwang-Chol Chang from UNESCO Bangkok’s Education Policy and Reform Unit delivered a seminar on the overview of education policy and practice, with particular focus on education management and finance in ASEAN+6 countries and further discussed about the importance of linkage between educational policy, planning and budgeting processes as well as existing challenges to ensure this linkage. Following the overview, government officials from Cambodia, Lao PDR and Vietnam made presentations on their situation analysis of education systems in their respective countries.

On the second day of the workshop, researchers from Kobe University introduced the main chapter of the training manual which explains the different analytical tools, including Benefit-Incidence analysis, Cost analysis, and Cost – Benefit Analysis etc, of education finance and administration with additional examples of exercises that demonstrate simple ways to apply these theories into practice in each country’s education context.

On the final day, the workshop was concluded with presentations from Dr. Keiichi Ogawa on education finance and expenditure analysis as well as a feedback session to share comments from the participants. Throughout the workshop, the audience actively shared their thoughts and provided their ideas for further improvement of the training manual. While the training manual was found useful by the participants, they expressed their wish to that the content be more contextualized and further translated into local languages in order to make it more user-friendly.

All the recommendations and comments from the participants will feed into the Training Manual of Analytical Tools for Education Finance and Administration for its further improvement and finalization of the training manual.  

For more information, please contact Gwang-Chol Chang [gc.chang(at)] or Lina Benete [l.benete(at)] at Education Policy and Reform Unit

Written by Jin A Hwang [ja.hwang(at)] and Tserennadmid Nyamkhuu [t.nyamkhuu(at)]

Related Links:

• Ministry of Education and Sports, Lao PDR
• Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan
• Kobe University, Japan