24/7 Wall St. used OECD’s research to compile a list of the 10 countries with the highest proportion of college-educated adult residents. Besides coming out on top, Canada was also found to be the only nation in the world where more than half its residents are college educated.
“In 2010, 51 per cent of the population had completed a tertiary education, which takes into account both undergraduate and graduate degrees,” reads a Time Magazine article.
“Canada commanded the top spot in the last study in 2000, but even still has shown serious improvement. A decade ago, only 40 per cent of the nation’s population had a college degree,” the piece continues.
24/7 Wall St. points out that a large portion of the nation’s spending went towards tertiary education – 2.5 per cent of the GDP, trailing only the United States and South Korea.
However, there was one area Canada did not perform as well in. When it came to attracting international students, just 6.6 per cent of all tertiary students in Canada were from other countries — lower than the eight per cent average of the top 10 nations.
The most educated countries and the percentage of their population with a post-secondary degree:
- Canada (51%)
- Israel (46%)
- Japan (45%)
- United States (42%)
- New Zealand (41%)
- South Korea (40%)
- United Kingdom (38%)
- Finland (38%)
- Australia (38%)
- Ireland (37%)
While we don’t want to boast, we can’t say we’re too surprised with Canada’s placement. After all, when the country’s most populous city is deemed one of the world’s smartest by Intelligent Community Forum, you sort of expect a good showing from the rest of the country.
For more analysis, read the Time Magazine article here.