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Top 40 education systems in the world

Education is considered to be one of the biggest treasures in every country. However, its quality and importance is different throughout the world.

We have prepared you a list with the best education systems according to Pearson – a British multinational publishing and education company. The criteria of the ranking are the education in primary, secondary and high school, as well as the higher education institutions and international schools.

First in the ranking is South Korea, followed by three Asian countries – Japan, Singapore and Hong Kong. On the fifth place is Finland, which was on the first place in the previous ranking.

The newest researches are showing the improvement of the Asian education systems in support of this tendency the CEO of Pearson – John Fallon states that the advancement of the education systems strongly reflects on the economic growth of the countries.

Where are the European Countries?

First comes Finland and the United Kingdom is second among the European countries – as the higher education institution and international schools are strongly increasing its rank. On a global scale, the United Kingdom is sixth, ranked higher than countries such as Germany, France and the United States.

A surprise or not, Poland is on 10th place, the reforms in the post-communist country seem to be giving great results. Poland’s education system surpasses countries like Denmark, Germany, Russia, the USA, Australia, Belgium, France, Italy and more.

The full list of the top 40 educational systems in the world:

  1. South Korea
  2. Japan
  3. Singapore
  4. Hong Kong
  5. Finland
  6. The United Kingdom
  7. Canada
  8. The Netherlands
  9. Ireland
  10. Poland
  11. Denmark
  12. Germany
  13. Russia
  14. The United States
  15. Australia
  16. New Zealand
  17. Israel
  18. Belgium
  19. Czech Republic
  20. Switzerland
  21. Norway
  22. Hungary
  23. France
  24. Sweden
  25. Italy
  26. Austria
  27. Slovenia
  28. Portugal
  29. Spain
  30. Bulgaria
  31. Romania
  32. Chile
  33. Greece
  34. Turkey
  35. Thailand
  36. Columbia
  37. Argentina
  38. Brazil
  39. Mexico
  40. Indonesia

You can get more information about the higher education in some of the above mentioned countries in our Masters abroad section.

The newcomers

In this last version of the top 40 ranking the newcomers are the developing big countries – Indonesia, Mexico and Brazil, they are not only advancing in their industry but their educational systems are starting to compete more and more on a global level.

The top destinations for a Masters degree

If we start looking at the top education systems from the Masters degree point of view, there are some big shifts in the ranking. In 2018 the United Kingdom holds the first place, followed by the United States. Both countries often change places, all depending on the innovations at their higher education institutions.

The third place is for Germany and the high quality of its technical universities. The country is one of the top 5 best destinations for international students and it is catching up to rivals on the third and fourth place – France and Australia.

The other countries which make it to the top of the list are: China, Switzerland, Austria, The Netherlands, Singapore, Canada, Sweden, France, Spain and Hong Kong.

Here is our list of top universities which we highly recommend to check, while you do you research for the best place for your Masters:

  • Newcastle University Business School
  • London School of Economics and Political Science
  • Nottingham Business School, Nottingham Trent University
  • University of Warwick
  • London Metropolitan University
  • University of Birmingham
  • Jönköping University
  • University of Stuttgart
  • Jacobs University
  • ESMT Berlin
  • HECTOR School of Engineering & Management
  • University of Applied Sciences HTW Chur
  • The School of Life Sciences FHNW
  • Università della Svizzera italiana (USI)
  • PolyU Design Hong Kong
  • Radboud University
  • NHTV Breda
  • Rotterdam Business School
  • MCI Management Center Innsbruck
  • UPF Barcelona School of Management
  • EAE Business School
  • Deusto Business School
  • Barcelona Graduate School of Economics
  • ESERP Business School

Each university offers an unique study environment, make your research carefully, moreover if you live or study close to some of our fair cities in Europe, you can come and meet with university representatives – all gathered at one place in one day.

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