List of countries by tertiary education attainment

This is a list of countries by 25- to 64-year-olds having completed tertiary education as published by the OECD. It includes some non-OECD nations.

Tertiary education is the educational level following the completion of a school providing a secondary education. The World Bank, for example, defines tertiary education as including universities as well as institutions that teach specific capacities of higher learning such as colleges, technical training institutes, community colleges, nursing schools, research laboratories, centers of excellence, and distance learning centers.[1]

2019 OECD dataEdit

 
Tertiary education attainment by age group

This list includes non-OECD member countries: Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Russia, Saudi Arabia, and South Africa.[2]


Country
Age
25–64
(%)
Age
Year

Non-OECD
25–34
(%)
35–44
(%)
45–54
(%)
55–64
(%)
  Australia 42 48 46 38 33 2014
  Austria 30 38 33 27 21 2014
  Belgium 37 44 42 34 26 2014
  Brazil 14 15 14 14 11 2013  
  Canada 54 58 61 51 45 2014
  Chile 21 27 24 17 14 2013
  China 17 27 15 7 2 2018  
  Colombia 22 28 23 18 16 2014
  Costa Rica 18 21 19 17 17 2014
  Czech Republic 22 30 21 20 15 2014
  Denmark 36 42 41 33 29 2014
  Estonia 38 40 39 35 36 2014
  Finland 42 40 50 44 34 2014
  France 32 44 39 26 20 2013
  Germany 27 28 29 26 25 2014
  Greece 28 39 27 26 21 2014
  Hungary 23 32 25 20 17 2014
  Iceland 37 41 42 36 29 2014
  Indonesia 8 10 9 8 4 2011  
  Ireland 41 51 49 34 24 2014
  Israel 49 46 53 48 47 2014
  Italy 17 24 19 13 12 2014
  Japan 48 59 53 47 35 2014
  Latvia 30 39 31 27 23 2014
  Lithuania 37 53 38 30 28 2014
  Luxembourg 46 53 56 40 32 2014
  Mexico 19 25 17 16 13 2014
  Netherlands 34 44 38 30 27 2014
  New Zealand 36 40 41 32 29 2014
  Norway 42 49 49 36 32 2014
  Poland 27 43 32 18 14 2014
  Portugal 22 31 26 17 13 2014
  Russia 54 58 55 53 50 2013  
  Saudi Arabia 22 26 22 18 14 2013  
  Slovakia 20 30 21 15 14 2014
  Slovenia 29 38 35 24 18 2014
  South Africa 7 5 7 8 7 2012  
  South Korea 45 68 56 33 17 2014
  Spain 35 41 43 30 21 2014
  Sweden 39 46 46 32 30 2014
   Switzerland 40 46 45 38 31 2014
  Turkey 17 25 16 10 10 2014
  Taiwan[3] 45 X X X X 2015
  United Kingdom 42 49 46 38 35 2014
  United States 44 46 47 43 41 2014

Countries by level of tertiary educationEdit

This is a list of countries by the level of tertiary education completed by 25–34 year olds measured by the percent of the population. This list contains the percentage of 25–34 year olds that have obtained at least a 2-year tertiary degree or its equivalent (an associate degree in the United States); the percentage of 25–34 year olds that have completed a 4-year degree or higher (a bachelor's degree in the United States); and the percentage of 25–34 year olds that have completed a 6-year degree or higher (a master's degree in the United States).[4]


Country
Age 25–34
Year

Non-OECD
Equivalent to a 2-year degree or higher (%) Equivalent to a 4-year degree or higher (%) Equivalent to a 6-year degree or higher (%)
  Australia 48 39 9 2015
  Austria 39 24 15 2015
  Belgium 43 43 20 2015
  Brazil 16 16 NA 2014  
  Canada 59 34 9 2015
  Chile 27 19 1 2013
  China 35.8 17.8 2.3 2020[5]  
  Colombia 27 27 NA 2015
  Costa Rica 28 18 1 2015
  Czech Republic 31 31 20 2015
  Denmark 44 40 17 2015
  Estonia 41 39 16 2015
  Finland 41 41 14 2015
  France 45 28 16 2014
  Germany 30 28 13 2015
  Greece 40 39 3 2015
  Hungary 32 29 13 2015
  Iceland 40 37 11 2015
  Indonesia 11 11 NA 2013  
  Ireland 52 40 11 2015
  Israel 46 35 17 2015
  Italy 25 25 15 2015
  Japan 60 40 NA 2015
  Latvia 40 35 12 2015
  Lithuania 55 55 17 2015
  Luxembourg 50 44 27 2015
  Mexico 21 20 1 2015
  Netherlands 45 44 17 2015
  New Zealand 39 36 4 2015
  Norway 48 34 13 2015
  Poland 43 43 31 2015
  Portugal 33 33 21 2015
  Russia 58 58 NA 2013  
  Saudi Arabia 26 26 NA 2014  
  Slovakia 31 31 25 2015
  Slovenia 41 34 24 2015
  South Africa 14 14 NA 2014  
  South Korea 69 47 NA 2015
  Spain 41 28 17 2015
  Sweden 46 35 14 2015
   Switzerland 49 49 23 2015
  Turkey 28 19 2 2015
  United Kingdom 49 42 14 2015
  United States 47 36 10 2015

See alsoEdit

NotesEdit

  1. ^ "Tertiary Education (Higher Education)". The World Bank.
  2. ^ "OECD.Stat Education and Training > Education at a Glance > Educational attainment and labor-force status > Educational attainment of 25-64 year-olds". OECD.
  3. ^ "Higher Education Crisis in Taiwan | The World View".
  4. ^ http://www.keepeek.com/Digital-Asset-Management/oecd/education/education-at-a-glance-2016_eag-2016-en#page44 OECD Education at a glance 2016
  5. ^ National Bureau of Statistics of China. "Table 2-25 Population Aged 6 and over by Age, Gender and Education Attainment". China Statistical Yearbook 2021.

ReferencesEdit

  • Brick, Jean (2006). "What is academic culture?". Academic Culture: A Student's Guide to Studying at University. Sydney, N.S.W: National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research. pp. 1–10. ISBN 978-1-74138-135-1.

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