International Standard Classification of Education

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The International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) was first designed by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in the early 1970’s to serve ‘as an instrument suitable for assembling, compiling and presenting statistics of education both within individual countries and internationally’[1]. It was first approved by the International Conference on Education (Geneva, 1975). The current version was approved in 2011.

ISCED is in fact a statistical framework for organising information on education. It is a member of the international family of economic and social classifications of the United Nations.[2]

The classification offers a set of criteria suitable for compiling statistical information on education and for identifying certain aspects of education. The most prominent elements are the ISCED levels of education and the ISCED fields of education or study.

See also


  1. UNESCO. 2006. International Standard Classification of Education: ISCED 1997.
  2. United Nations Statistics Division: UN Classifications Registry, retrieved 30-03-2011.

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