Last week highlights: Canada most educated nationby RelevantStuff December 11, 2015
According to an Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development report (OECD), the country that possesses the maximum number of college graduates (those with a Bachelor’s degree) is Canada. Here are a few important numbers that throw a light on how education in Canada is faring these days
- According to The Education at a Glance report, the OECD country with the highest share of college graduates is Canada. 54 per cent of adults in Canada have at least attained post-secondary education.
- The best thing is that for most of the students, post-secondary education is actually materializing. About 82 per cent of the people with a bachelor’s degree manage to find a job. Of the people who don’t go for a college degree, a relatively low 56 per cent end up with a job.
- Of the amount of money Canada spends on its education, a per capita amount of 22,000 USD goes towards post-graduate education, which is the fifth-highest among the OECD countries.
- The per-capita spending on post-graduate education is about half of the country’s overall spending capacity for education, which is higher than the OECD average of 40 per cent, and falls only behind the UK and the US.
- Interestingly however, though more than half the country’s population goes for education after school, not as many students turn up for a master’s degree-which attracts just about 9 per cent of the Canadian adult population. This number is even lower than the OECD average of 12 per cent.
- Teachers in Canada earn relatively more than those in other OECD countries. So if you are thinking of taking up teaching in Canada, you are thinking in the right direction.
- Talking of equality in earning, the numbers for Canadians are not that impressive. Women in Canada manage to get paid just about three quarters of what men earn, which is lower than the OECD average of 80 per cent.
- Another achievement for Canada’s economy is featuring among the best destinations for overseas education. According to a state-of-play report released last week by the Canadian Bureau for International Education (CBIE), the number of international students in 2014 increased by 10% from the students that enrolled in 2013. Most of the students enrolling are from China, India, South Korea, France and Saudi Arabia. International students are now finding it relatively easier to find a job and even permanent residency than previous years. This balances Canada’s quest for making its own citizens as well as the world more educated quite well.