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29 November 2016
Unlike many other nations in Latin America, Chile has enjoyed relative political and economic stability in recent years, paving the way for it to become one of the most developed, competitive and internationalised countries in the region. With its commitment to sound economic progress, Chile was the first South American country to become a member of the OECD in 2010. However, a shrinking working-age population and a skills shortage mean that Chile needs to improve access to affordable, quality education, particularly for lower income groups, especially in a country with one of the world’s most privatised education markets.
29 November 2016
Formerly part of the Eastern Bloc, Romania is the largest of the Balkan countries. After decades of authoritarian rule under Nicolae Ceauşescu, the leadership was eventually toppled in 1989 after which there have been regular changes. Political instability has meant that Romania’s progress towards democracy and a capitalist market economy has been slower than in similar states, and vital reforms have frequently been interrupted. Romania experienced periods of austerity and challenging reforms over the last 26 years, but has made considerable progress in financial and economic stability as well as developing institutions for a market economy.
29 November 2016
Christine Clark has worked in the private training sector in New Zealand for many years. Having successfully developed her own training business, she sold it and took advantage of a gap in the market to start another training company geared to skills supporting aged care services. In this issue she shared with us her experience in the private tertiary training business.

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