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Ranked: World’s Best Countries For Education System, 2020

Which country has the best education system in the world? Not all of us are privileged enough to be born in countries with the best education systems. Some countries may not allow an individual to realize one’s potential in his/her field of study. Some students have impressed in their local education system and want to reach for the sky.

Pursuing education abroad can help students achieve all of these. Living by themselves away from kin makes students more responsible. They also get better with money. Living in a different culture can also offer students a different perspective of living. All in all, it makes students better people.

“Education,” as Nelson Mandela said, “is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” Which country has the best education system in the world?

These rankings were based on three equally weighted countries that attribute a well-developed public education system, top-quality education, and whether respondents would consider attending university in that nation. A mix of federally run and decentralized education systems rank highest. Countries With the Best Education System ranking is an annual perception-based global survey of university students, industrialists, academic educational professionals, school teachers, assistant professors, associate professors, adjunct professors, university professors, visiting professors, global business executives, and education policy experts. The survey was conducted from January to April 2020, gathering over 196,300 replies.

Based on this list, the United Kingdom comes out on top as having the most well-developed education system in the world for 2020. In second place is the United States, followed by Australia, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

The 2020 rankings of the world’s best countries for the education system placed France in sixth ahead of Denmark into seventh; while Canada ranked eighth, Germany ninth, and Switzerland tenth. Overall, among the top 15 best countries for the education system in the world for 2020, 1th, 12th, 13th, 14th, and 15th positions are held by Japan, Israel, Finland, Taiwan, and Singapore.

The world’s best countries for the education system, 2020

RankCountryQuality IndexOpportunity Index
1United Kingdom78.269.79
2United States7268.74
17South Korea65.253.5
20United Arab Emirates6452.94
22New Zealand63.451.77
27Czech Republic62.150.01
38Saudi Arabia58.446.45
42Hong Kong56.946.22
58Trinidad And Tobago51.643.94
66Puerto Rico49.143.43
71South Africa45.242.97
77Sri Lanka39.341.96
78Dominican Republic39.241.85
81Costa Rica35.841.15
83Pakistan, Islamic Republic34.740.82
90Central African Republic27.640.28
92Myanmar (Burma) 27.240.22

Detailed findings & methodology:

In order to determine the rankings, researchers at the CEOWORLD magazine compiled analyzed and compared 93 countries across two key categories: 1) Quality and 2) Opportunity. To evaluate those dimensions, researchers looked at 16 indicators that fell into one of the three categories. Each attribute was graded on a 100-point scale.

1) Quality Index
Public education system
Willingness to attend university
Number of research institutions
University funding and endowment
Specialization expertise
Industrial linkage
Academic educational professionals effectiveness
Institutional output by research
Higher education institutions perform in the various global rankings

2) Opportunity Index

Adult literacy rates
Graduation rates
Primary school completion rate
Secondary school completion rate
High school completion rate
Collegiate-level school completion rate
Government expenditure on education, total (% of GDP)

Raw data for countries were normalized on a 1-100 scale according to the following: Each individual indicator was given equal weighting within each of the two categories with some indicators being comprised of 2-3 sub-indicators that were also weighted equally. Each category was weighted equally to arrive at the overall index.

Sources: CEOWORLD magazine put together a panel of experts to go over data points culled from sources like the Economist Intelligence Unit (EIU), World Economic Forum, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD), U.S. News & World Report, the United Nation’s Economic and Social Council (UNESOC), Times Higher Education´s World University Rankings, QS Top Universities, ShanghaiRanking Consultancy (the Academic Ranking of World Universities; ARWU), Center for World University Rankings (CWUR), CWTS Leiden Ranking, Reuters World’s Top 100 Innovative Universities, University Ranking by Academic Performance, Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA), the Trends in International Mathematics and Science Study (TIMSS) and Progress in International Reading Study (PIRLS), and the World Bank.

Detailed survey data and information collected directly from 196,300 individuals, across 16 data points. This rankings should not be viewed as the most important aspect when choosing a country for higher education, and are merely one element to consider. However, this is by no means a comprehensive list, while the countries above are the “CEOWORLD magazine’s World’s Best Countries For Education System, 2020,” there may be many other countries that offer excellent opportunities. university students, industrialists, academic educational professionals, school teachers, assistant professors, associate professors, adjunct professors, university professors, visiting professors, global business executives, and education policy experts were asked to rate countries on a scale of 1 “marginal” to 100 “outstanding” or “don’t know.”
The margin of sampling error for the full sample of 196,300 respondents is plus or minus 1.2 percentage points. In addition to sampling error, one should bear in mind that as in all survey research, there are possible sources of error—such as coverage, nonresponse, and measurement error——that could affect the results.

United Kingdom (Ranked 1st): The UK is among the world’s leading study destination for international students. In that regard, it is second only to the USA. The UK has some of the most prestigious universities in the world. Degrees and qualifications from UK universities are recognized by employers all over the world.

University of Cambridge

While the education is excellent, students also find the UK a great place to live. Many cultures reside in the UK. It offers diverse cuisine. Transportation facilities are good. Students can also attend the various international sporting championships and popular music festivals in the holidays.

The United States (Ranked 2nd): Half of the top 50 universities in the world are situated in the US. Columbia University, Johns Hopkins University, Michigan State University, Northeastern University, and Washington State University are the top universities in the US. All of them provide a wide range of courses.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

These universities put a lot of emphasis on research. They also extend support to international students. Foreign students are taught English and given orientations. This prepares them for when the courses begin. Some effort is also taken to extend the stay of international students so that they can build their careers in the US.

Australia (Ranked 3rd): Among English-speaking countries, Australia is the third most popular destination for international students. Among the top three international student destinations, living costs are the least in Australia. Students from Australian universities are highly sought thanks to the glorious reputation of its education system. Students can reap the benefits of Australia’s position among the top countries in terms of technology and innovation.

Macquarie Graduate School of Management (MGSM) - Australia

University of Melbourne, Australian National University, University of Sydney, University of Queensland, and UNSW Sydney are the best universities in Australia. These universities offer so many courses that anyone can find a course or degree best suited for their needs and interest.

The Netherlands (Ranked 4th): It is the first non-English speaking country to design their courses in English to attract foreign students. Modern teaching methods are used. The cost of studying is low because the government has subsidized higher education.

Amsterdam, Netherlands

Sweden (Ranked 5th): Swedish education system gives importance to academic excellence instead of grades. They focus a lot on building team players. That is how students are prepared for a successful career. Sweden has a reputation for being innovative. Research at Swedish universities helped the inventions of ball bearing, Bluetooth, pacemaker, Skype, and Spotify. Most of the international students studying in Sweden are from the EU. That is because tuition is free for students from the EU. More students have been applying for courses in Sweden because of rising education costs in other study destinations.

France (Ranked 6th): The French government subsidizes higher education. So, the tuition rates are low in France. International companies like Airbus, Danone, L’Oréal, LVMH, Total, and Orange call France their home. France has a strong economy. This all helps students start successful careers in France.

France has a very rich culture. People travel several times to experience France’s amazing gastronomy and to visit the architectural heritage. By pursuing studies there, students can do that more often.

Denmark (Ranked 7th): Denmark boasts of having reputed universities like the University of Copenhagen, the University of Southern Denmark, Aarhus University, Roskilde University, Aalborg University, and The Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts. One can take a variety of courses here. Students may even get a scholarship to ease the financial burden off their shoulders.

The flag of Denmark

Students in Danish universities have a good social life thanks to the various social events surrounding studies. Denmark has a culture of generosity. One can approach the hearty locals. And they will help with a smile on their face. Denmark also happens to be the happiest country in the world.

The housing and living costs don’t burn a hole in the pocket. Students can live comfortably in EUR 1,200 even in the costliest of localities. So, apart from the impressive academics, Denmark also offers a good lifestyle at a low cost.

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