Top 6 countries for public education

Top 6 countries for public education

Cover credit: Steven Zwerink/Flickr

Cover credit: Steven Zwerink/Flickr

Global marketing and communications company Y&R’s brand strategy firm, BAV Consulting, and the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania have recently published a list of the world’s best countries for education.

The ranking was based on scores related to the possession of two equally weighted country attributes, a well-developed public education system and a positive answer to the question, “Would you consider attending university here?”

Find the list below:

1. Canada

At the top of the ranking lies Canada, where the lack of a centralized education structure does not represent a limit. In fact, Canadian students score above average on the Programme for International Student Assessment by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, or simply the OECD.

2. United Kingdom

Behind Canada comes the U.K. in second place, home of two of the top 10 Best Global Universities, Oxford and Cambridge, according to U.S. News and World Report. Through the years more uniform comprehensive schools have been created, in order to avoid disparities between secondary modern schools, designed to trade professionals, and grammar schools, for the study of the classics. Students had average math and reading scores on the basis of OECD’s Programme for International Student Assessment.

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3. Germany

As well as in Canada, scores on the Programme for International Student Assessment are above average in Germany, according to OECD. The preschool transition before mandatory education, well known as kindergarten, is a concept which was introduced by a German scholar, Friedrich Frobel, in 1840. After primary education, students are recommended to one of three tracks based on academic performance: gymnasium for those headed to college, Realschule for white-collar careers and Hauprschule for trade professions.

4. Australia

Although national standards were implemented in 2014, each state manages its own education system in Australia. Content and achievement guidelines for primary and secondary levels are set by the Australian Curriculum, managed by an independent agency. Regarding higher education, the government offers different kinds of loan programs to help with tuition costs.

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5. France

Education in France is mandatory from age six all the way through to 16 and is based on a national curriculum; however, most students attend a form of preschool and many of them continue to higher education. Philosophy plays a major role here and every year a considerable number of graduating students take the baccalauréat, a standardized philosophical essay.

6. Switzerland

According to Encyclopedia Britannica, Switzerland’s cultural contributions shows off more Nobel Prizes and registers more patents per capita than other nations. Its education system is internationally recognized for its excellence — both public and private establishments provide a comprehensive range of high quality education at all levels.

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