Education Policies Observatory
The data of the national education system have been in front of everyone’s eyes for years. In international rankings, Italian universities are struggling. In educational performance, we are at the bottom of the rankings, highlighting a gulf between North and South that has not been bridged even in the 160 years of unified history.
To remedy this situation, we do not need detailed interventions but structural policies that take time, distinguishing between contingent and long-term challenges.
Education is central to the future of any country. Yet, according to all indicators, in Italy, although it has played and is still playing a very important role in social advancement, enabling the social rise of millions of Italians, the education system is losing ground compared to others, with the directly related drifts of institutional inefficiency, public corruption and organised crime.
Qualitative investment in education pays off at the national level since, as is well known, there is a direct relationship between school quality and GDP growth. It is no coincidence that countries that invest more in education become richer, and in Italy, even a small increase in the OECD-PISA indicators could lead to a 5% increase in GDP.
Therefore, it is necessary to initiate a political and cultural debate in our country on education.
In this sense, the objectives that the Eurispes Observatory on Education Policies has set itself are to place the issue of education at the centre of the political, scientific and cultural debate with initiatives and research; to monitor the quality of expenditure and the effectiveness of the reforms linked to the educational mission of the PNRR.
In this initiative, we have involved the most significant pedagogical associations, the most prestigious cultural institutions, public institutions, as well as experts and sectors that have to contaminate education. This is an area that represents a meeting point for all sciences, in the knowledge that education is so important for society that it cannot be dealt with by educators alone.
The Observatory is directed by Mario Caligiuri of the University of Calabria.
Elena Ugolini, former Undersecretary for Education in the Monti Government
Alberto Felice De Toni, President of the Foundation of the Conference of Italian University Rectors
Benedetta Cosmi, journalist and writer
Members of the Scientific Committee
Gerolamo Balata, Director Eurispes office for the Region of Sardinia
Paolo Benanti, Pontifical Gregorian University of Rome
Pier Giorgio Bianchi, CEO of Talents Venture
Paolo Calabresi, President of the Italian Society of Neuroscience
Giovanni Cannata, Magnificent Rector Universitas Mercatorum
Nunzia Ciardi, Deputy Director of the National Cybersecurity Agency
Luigi D’Alonzo, President of the Italian Society of Special Pedagogy
Liliana Dozza, President of the Italian Society for Educational and Training Research
Maurizio Fabbri, President of the Italian Society of General and Social Pedagogy
Donato Ferri, MED Managing Partner Ernst Young
Luigi Fiorentino, Head of Cabinet Ministry of Education
Massimiliano Fiorucci, President Italian Society of Pedagogy
Franco Gallo, President Treccani Institute
Maria Amata Garito, Permanent Member of the Club of The Rectors of Europe
Antonello Giannelli, President of the National Association of Headmasters
Francesco Grillo, Director of the think tank ” Vision “.
Giovanni Lo Storto, Director General Luiss University of Rome
Pietro Lucisano, President of the Italian Society for Educational Research
Mario Mariani, CEO of Pearson Europe
Alberto Mattiacci, Professor of Economics and Business Management at ‘Sapienza’ University of Rome, President of the Scientific Committee of Eurispes
Evgeny Morozov, Sociologist, Visiting Professor Stanford University
Ferruccio Resta, President of the Conference of Italian University Rectors
Roberto Ricci, President Invalsi
Pier Cesare Rivoltella, President of the Media Education Research Society
Rosy Russo, President “Parole Ostili” Association
Arianna Saulini, Advocacy Manager for Save the Children Italy
Domenico Simeone, President of the National University Conference on Education Sciences
Antonio Uricchio, President of the National Agency for the Evaluation of the University System and Research
Carla Xodo, former President of the Italian Centre for Educational Research