Are Students Ready to Thrive in an Interconnected World?

LLAKES Research Seminar

Are Students Ready to Thrive in an Interconnected World?

Speaker: Tarek Mostafa
Date: Wednesday 28th April 2021
Time: 13:00-14:00


The OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) examines what students know in reading, mathematics and science, and what they can do with what they know. It provides the most comprehensive and rigorous international assessment of student learning outcomes to date. Results from PISA indicate the quality and equity of learning outcomes attained around the world, and allow educators and policy makers to learn from the policies and practices applied in other countries. The sixth volume analysing PISA 2018 data: Are Students Ready to Thrive in an Interconnected World? explores students’ ability to examine issues of local, global and cultural significance; understand and appreciate the perspectives and worldviews of others; engage in open, appropriate and effective interactions across cultures; and take action for collective well-being and sustainable development. The volume explores students’ outcomes on the cognitive test and corresponding questionnaire in addition to their experiences of global and intercultural learning at school and beyond.

The seminar will focus on students’ achievements on the cognitive global competence test, will explore their global and intercultural attitudes and will investigate the relationship between learning and those outcomes.


Tarek is a Policy Analyst in the OECD Directorate for Education and Skills. Before joining the OECD, Tarek was a Senior Research Associate at the University College London – Institute of Education. His research spanned several areas: the analyses of educational inequalities, the assessment of educational performances and policy, and quantitative and survey methods. Tarek worked extensively on PISA and similar large scale surveys, on longitudinal surveys and administrative data. In addition to his research activities, he taught on several courses, supervised postgraduate and PhD students and provided consultancy services to national and international organizations.

At the OECD, Tarek carried out work on teacher job satisfaction and on the effectiveness of science teaching strategies using PISA 2015 data. He also led the development of the PISA 2021 ICT framework and survey instruments. He was the main analyst and sole author of the PISA 2018 Volume VI: Are Students Ready to Thrive in an Interconnected World?

Tarek holds a PhD, MA and BA in Economics with a focus on the economics of education and quantitative methods. He is a fellow of the Higher Education Academy in the UK and an Honorary Senior Lecturer at the UCL Department of Social Science.

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