Ministry for Home Affairs, Education and Environment

Education

Education is one of the most important tasks for society as a whole. On the one hand, education provides the labour market with well-trained specialists, while on the other it secures freedom and democracy by disseminating social, cultural and political values. Liechtenstein has an effective education system that facilitates lifelong learning and opens up excellent educational opportunities to everyone in the country. Schooling is open to all children and adolescents, irrespective of their origin, religion, gender or special needs. Rapid social change is also impacting the demands placed on the education system, however. The world has become global, we are experiencing a process of transformation in the field of digitalisation, and professional as well as family structures are changing, to name just a few trends. It is no longer sufficient merely to react to change. Binding goals are needed to show the direction in which the field of education has to develop. The overriding objective of education policy is to open up optimum educational opportunities for everybody in the country. Investment in education is simultaneously an investment in Liechtenstein’s future.

Building collectively

Education interacts with a very large number of factors and stakeholders. In addition, rapid change is bringing challenges that affect us all. These can therefore only be mastered collectively. For this reason it is important to develop the basis for decision-making through dialogue, while taking account not just of the past, but also of the future. Visions and goals need to be built collectively, actively involving all stakeholders.

Vocational training

Our education system aims to place equal value on dual vocational training and academic studies. The aim is to enable young persons to take vocational training choices openly and without being stigmatised. Each year, around two thirds of school leavers in Liechtenstein choose to go into vocational training. The permeability of the education system means that all qualifications can be achieved, irrespective of the chosen path. It is worth continuing to promote both paths and to combine these even more closely. The quality of vocational training is also demonstrated by the impressive track-record at World Skills. Liechtenstein has already won 17 gold, 13 silver and 20 bronze awards at this event.

Educational mobility

Educational mobility is extremely important for our country, because many young Liechtenstein citizens are drawn to other countries for training purposes once they have completed their compulsory schooling. For this reason we play an active part in international efforts to promote cross-border educational mobility.

Research

Liechtenstein is an industrial, commercial, service and education centre with an international focus. The lack of raw materials and mineral resources means that our prosperity is dependent to a large extent on the innovative strength of the economy. In order to promote our region’s economic competitiveness, Liechtenstein specifically supports and engages in research programmes and institutions.


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