Top 10 most educated countries in the world in 2024: Education and progress are closely related, and this is understood by nations from all over the globe. Which country is the most educated in the world in?
The World is a ‘collection’ of contrasts. A significant proportion of the population of most countries are highly educated. On the contrary, a chunk of the population of some other countries are not educated. This is a clear inequality in education level in the world.
Every year, institutions in the United States dominate rankings of the best universities in the world. Of the top 10 best universities in the world, eight are located in the U.S. However, despite boosting the best educational institutions the world, U.S.A. is ranked sixth most educated country in the world according to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD).
according to OECD, a country’s adult education level is defined by the percentage of people between the ages of 25 and 64 who have completed some kind of tertiary education in the form of a two-year degree, four-year degree or vocational program.
According to OECD, we have listed the top most educated countries in the world 2024.
Top 10 Most Educated Countries in the World in 2024
- South Korea
- United States
- United Kingdom
Canada emerges the most educated country in the world in 2024. As at February, the estimated population of Canada is 38,257,001. Canada has a literacy rate of 60%, according to OECB.
Although Canada has a large share of tertiary-educated adults, relatively few have advanced tertiary degrees, according to the OECD.
In Canada, almost 89% of people have managed to obtain a secondary education. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau once referred to education as the nation’s greatest resource.
Russia is the second most educated country in the world, according to OECD. The country has a literacy rate of 56.70% and a population of 145,805,947. This rightly earns them the number two spot.
While Russia has a well-educated population, spending on tertiary education remains surprisingly below the OECD average.
The state provides most education services regulating education through the Ministry of Education and Science. Regional authorities on the other hand, regulate education within their jurisdictions within the prevailing framework of federal laws.
Most Japanese can read and write subjects like maths, science and many more. With the literacy rate of 52.70%, Japan is the third most educated country in the world. Japan has the population of 125,584,838.
Japanese school system primarily consists of six-year elementary schools, three-year junior high schools and three-year high schools, followed by a two-or-three-year junior colleges or a four-year colleges. Compulsory education lasts for 9 years through elementary and junior high school.
Luxembourg has a literacy rate of 51.30%, and a population of 642, 371, according to OECD.
the country has one of the highest shares of participating adults who are in non-job-related education. The commonest qualification held by tertiary-educated adults in the country is the master’s degree.
Education in Luxembourg is multilingual and consists of fundamental education, secondary education and higher education. Most schools are run by the state and are free. Attending school is obligatory from the ages of 4 to 16.
5. South Korea
South Korea sits as the fifth most educated country in the world. The literacy rate is 50.70% and the population of South Korea is 51,329,899.
According to OECD, South Korea spends more on education than the OECD average at primary and tertiary levels of education. Further more, private expenditure is significantly higher than public expenditure at tertiary level
Israel occupies the number sixth spot in OECD’s list of most educated country in the world with the population of 8,922,892 and literacy rate of 50.10%. The country occupies just one spot above the USA in the league of the most educated countries on earth, although they both have the same literacy rate.
7. United States of America
Every year, institutions in the United States dominate rankings of the best universities in the world. Of the top 10 best universities in the world, more than five are located in the U.S. However, despite boosting the best educational institutions the world, U.S.A. is ranked seventh most educated country in the world in 2024. U. S. A. has a population of 334,805,269 and the literacy rate of 50.10%
Next on the list of most educated country in the world is Ireland with the population of 5,020,199 and literacy rate of 49.90%.
Education is compulsory for all children in Ireland from the ages of six to sixteen or until students have completed three years of second-level education and including one sitting of the Junior Certificate examination. Primary education commonly starts at four to five years old. Children typically enroll in a Junior Infant class at age four or five depending on parental wishes. Some schools enrollment policies have age four by a specific date minimum age requirements.
9. United Kingdom
The UK has the population on 68,497,907 and the literacy rate of 49.40%. This places it at the number ninth position as the most educated country in the world in 2024. The education system in the UK is divided into four main parts, primary education, secondary education, further education and higher education. Children in the UK have to legally attend primary and secondary education which runs from about 5 years old until the student is 16 years old.
With the population of 26,068,792 and literacy rate of 49.30%, Australia completes the list of the top 10 most educated countries in the world.
School in Australia begins with six years of primary education (years 1-6) followed by six years of high school (years 7-12). Students normally begin Primary School at age 5 and finish high school around 17-18 years old.
Education in Australia is compulsory between the ages of four, five, or six and fifteen, sixteen or seventeen, depending on the state or territory and the date of birth
The World is a ‘collection’ of contrasts. Most countries have a significant number of educated population. On the contrary, a chunk of the population of some other countries are not educated. This is a clear inequality in education level in the world.
According to OECD, Canada, Russia, Japan, Luxembourg, and South Korea are the top 5 most educated countries in the world.