In the past 50 years, college graduation rates in developed countries have increased nearly 200%, according to Education at a Glance 2011, a recently published report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
As of yesterday, the ten most educated countries in the world are also some of the wealthiest, and this is no coincidence. However, this article and its research proves that there is in fact little correlation with the countries wealth, for their public spending on education is miniscule in comparison to private funding. “While the majority of education is still funded with public money, eight of the countries on our list rely the least on public funding as a percentage of total education spending.” (finance.yahoo.com) This is a good sign for countries all over the world, who are still developing and have a long way to go, but do have many individuals invested in their prosperity.
The ten most educated countries are as follows:
6) South Korea
5) New Zealand
4) United States (41% with post secondary education)
1) Canada (50% with post secondary education)
Is anyone else shocked that China is not on this list? Perhaps it’s because all of their students come to the United States to be educated. However, their values regarding education far exceed ours, and for that reason alone they deserve a spot on this list. Some of these countries, like South Korea and Norway, shocked me with a place on this list, but also gave me hope in this world for a brighter future with the upcoming generation that I am, in fact, a part of. Countries like Poland, not included on this list, have made 10% increases over just one year in the percent of population with a post secondary education, making the overall rate 21%. All over the world, education is becoming a priority. Make sure it’s one of yours, too.
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