A new ranking of higher education systems worldwide shows Canada continues to be a leader in post-secondary education. The country came seventh worldwide in the 2017 Universitas 21 (U21) Ranking of National Higher Education Systems, a report that ranks 50 national higher education systems in four areas: Resources, Environment, Output, and Connectivity.
In 2016, Canada ranked in ninth place. Its greatest gains in the table were in the Environment category, where it jumped 20 places to 14th position overall. Canada’s higher education system ranked third worldwide for the Resources category, which assessed government and private-sector spending on higher education. As Canada spends a higher proportion of its GDP on education than the average among OECD countries, this may not be surprising. The U21 report found that Canada came second only to the United States in terms of the highest percentage of GDP spent on post-secondary education.
The Output section — which measures research output and impact, number of graduates and researchers, the quality of a country’s top universities, and the employability of graduates — found that Canada has replaced Russia as the world’s most qualified workforce, as 55 percent of its workers have post-secondary degrees or diplomas.
The Top 10 of the U21 Ranking is as follows:
- United States
- The United Kingdom
- The Netherlands
See the infographic below for more information on Canada’s ranking, and the measures for each category.
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