- 1 Overview
- 2 Education in Liechtenstein
- 3 Internet in Liechtenstein
- 4 Copyright law in Liechtenstein
- 5 OER Initiatives in Liechtenstein
- 6 References
Liechtenstein is a landlocked alpine microstate in Western Europe, bordered by Switzerland to the west and by Austria to the east. Liechtenstein is the smallest German-speaking country in the world. Its population is around 35,000. It is a constitutional monarchy divided into 11 municipalities. Its capital is Vaduz. Much of Liechtenstein's terrain is mountainous, making it a winter sports destination. Many cultivated fields and small farms characterize its landscape both in the north (Unterland) and in the south (Oberland). The country has a strong financial sector and has been identified as a tax haven. It is a member of the European Economic Area but not of the European Union.
For further general information see Wikipedia:Liechtenstein.
Education in Liechtenstein
For a general description of education in Liechtenstein see Education:Liechtenstein.
The state is responsible for Liechtenstein's education system. As described by the constitution, the whole education system – including the private institutions – is under the supervision of the state. Education is compulsory, and the government is responsible for ensuring that state schools provide adequate teaching in basic general subjects. The municipalities contribute to financing and constructing primary schools as the public bodies in charge of maintaining them.
The general structure of Liechtenstein's education system has been deeply affected by the pedagogical traditions and the school systems of other German-speaking countries. Due to political and economic factors, the two countries neighbouring the Principality, Switzerland and Austria have the most direct influence on Liechtenstein. As a result, the school types and the nomenclature of Liechtenstein's school system are similar to these countries, most of all to those of Switzerland. However, there are differences in the details of organisation and in the development of the education system.
The small size of the country has kept Liechtenstein from developing its own extensive domestic education system supported by the state. Especially the in-school portion of vocational education and the provision of technical colleges and universities rely on co-operation with neighbouring countries. Liechtenstein does nonetheless provide financing to private schools and education-related institutions domestically and abroad. A number of treaties with foreign ministries and departments guarantee available slots at schools and universities abroad to those Liechtenstein citizens who are interested.
For a description more focussed to e-learning see E-learning:Liechtenstein.
Surprisingly there are four higher education institutions:
- University of Liechtenstein - state university - http://www.uni.li/english
- Private University in the Principality of Liechtenstein - http://www.ufl.li
- Liechtenstein Institute - a scientific research center and academic lyceum in Bendern - http://www.liechtenstein-institut.li
- International Academy for Philosophy (German: Internationale Akademie für Philosophie) - http://www.iap.li
Thus it would be simplistic to state that there was no need for a quality assurance mechanism.