Published On: Sun, Dec 23rd, 2018

OECD: Israel ranks as world’s third most educated country

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According to 2017 data compiled by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) the most educated countries in
the world are: Canada at the top, Japan second, Israel third, South Korea fourth, and the United States fifth.

OECD calculated the percentage of each country’s population between the ages of 25 and 64 who have completed a higher education program of two or four-year degree, including both academic and vocational programs.

Number 1 on the list of most educated country is Canada. With a population of over 35 million people, 56.7%  of Canadians between 25 and 64 have completed higher education. That number is projected to increase to 60.9%. Problem is that young Canadians are being over-educated and underemployed after graduating. It is estimated that on average one in three college graduates between the ages of 25 and 29 will get a job but it’s not paying them enough or making use of their full skill set.

Number 2 on the list of most educated country is Japan. With a population of over 126 million people. 51.4% of Japanese between 25 and 64 have completed a higher education program. Currently, 60.4% of young people between 25 and 34 completing a higher education program. Japan has the third largest economy in
the world according to the IMF. This economic status is in part a result of the country’s prioritization of education.

Number 3 on the list of most educated country is Israel. With a population of 8.3 million people, Israel hase 50.9%  in the target age frame with a higher-education degree. The report has mentioned that Jewish-Israelis go to the army after high school. They start college at about the age of between 20 and 24, later than most Western counterparts.

Israel has a booming high-tech and startup industry which has steadily grown since 2012. These industries include cybersecurity, automotive and artificial intelligence (AI). Bloomberg News ranked Israel the 10th most innovative country in the world.

Number 4 on the list of most educated country is South Korea. With a population of over 51 million people, 47.7% have completed a higher education program in the target age frame. But, this number is slated to increase to an astounding 69.8% of people between the ages of 25 and 30 as the country education is incredibly competitive with young kids working hard to get into top universities.

Number 5 on the list of most educated country is the United States. With a population of over 328 million people, the US is home to some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Nearly 46.4% have completed a higher education program in the target age frame.
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