Infographic: The World’s Most Educated Countries

How do you measure how ‘educated’ a country is? In 2012, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) used the number of residents who had obtained a high-school diploma and college degree (or equivalent) in 34 countries. The following graph takes a closer look at the top 10, taking into account measures such as % of GDP spent on education, literacy rates and employment rates.

Most Education Countries Infographic

Source: Education News

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One thought on “Infographic: The World’s Most Educated Countries

  1. 1. Literacy rates will be necessarily lower for those countries receiving many immigrants – surprisingly the UK is very high.
    2. Household income rates are still not reliable. Quote from (sorry) Wikipedia: “As estimates and assumptions have to be made, the results produced by different organizations for the same country tend to differ, sometimes substantially. PPP figures are estimates rather than hard facts, and should be used with caution.”
    3. How does unemployment reflect on “World’s Most Educated Countries”?
    4. There are often differences between the terms “university” and “college”, plus the length of a first degree course. What is a “high school degree”?
    5. % of GDP spent on education does not link directly with college or university qualifications
    6. It is noteworthy that Germany does not feature. Methinks there are problems with translating German education terminology (e.g. ‘Technische Hochschule’ is NOT the same as ahigh school elsewhhere. It is, in fact, a form of univserity.

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