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UNESCO Bangkok Expands Online Education System Profiles

Following a successful launch in December 2011, UNESCO Bangkok has expanded its Education System Profiles (ESPs) in the Asia-Pacific region to now include six additional countries as well as a range of new features and functions.

Starting as a project supported by Korean Funds-In-Trust (KFIT), the ESPs have become one of UNESCO Bangkok’s most sought after online resources.

“Finding basic and relevant information about education systems is hard and often extremely time-consuming,” said Mr. Gwang Chol-Chang, Chief of the Education Policy and Reform Unit. “The ESPs  outline the most crucial issues in education across Member States, providing policy makers and the general public with a snapshot of developments, challenges and achievements in education here in the Asia-Pacific.”  

The ESPs cover information on education legislation and overall structure of education systems, as well as issues related to access, quality, management and financing for each sub-sector. Since last year, several new countries have been added. This re-launch includes new profiles for Afghanistan, Australia, Bangladesh, Bhutan, Sri Lanka and Uzbekistan, developed in collaboration with UNESCO’s field staff. 

The webpage has also continuously been improved and updated; it is now possible to explore education related statistics for each country and compare countries of the region across different indicators. This data may also be downloaded.

In addition, the education system overview of each individual country has been made available, illustrating the particular structure of the system in terms of grades, levels, age, cost and compulsory/non-compulsory. 

Other new features include the possibility to comment and ‘like’ using your Facebook, Yahoo, AOL or Hotmail account. Have a play with our Education System Profiles and let us know what you think!

For more information, please visit Education System Profiles page or contact Satoko Yano [s.yano(at)] at the Education Policy and Reform Unit  

Written by Jennie Ekedahl [j.ekedahl(at)].