Pupil-teacher ratio, tertiary - Country Ranking

Definition: Tertiary school pupil-teacher ratio is the average number of pupils per teacher in tertiary school.

Source: United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) Institute for Statistics.

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Guinea-Bissau 147.56 2006
2 Nepal 60.01 2013
3 Mali 52.41 2012
4 Syrian Arab Republic 52.39 1976
5 Cameroon 52.03 2010
6 Sudan 46.40 2013
7 Sri Lanka 45.22 2011
8 Mauritania 42.95 2013
9 Turkey 38.08 2013
10 Nigeria 34.83 2004
11 Central African Republic 34.61 2011
12 Tanzania 34.45 2012
13 Yemen 32.21 2007
14 Afghanistan 31.90 2011
15 Senegal 30.58 1992
16 Mauritius 30.39 2010
17 Ghana 29.61 2014
18 Vietnam 29.38 2014
19 Lesotho 29.28 2014
20 Fiji 28.55 1991
21 Guatemala 27.71 2002
22 Australia 27.47 2013
23 Indonesia 27.04 2013
24 Cayman Islands 26.82 2008
25 Dominican Republic 26.21 2014
26 Czech Republic 26.02 2013
27 Rwanda 25.81 2013
28 Comoros 25.75 2013
29 Myanmar 25.28 2012
30 Egypt 25.09 2013
31 Vanuatu 24.86 2002
32 Jordan 24.63 2010
33 Uganda 24.47 2011
34 Togo 24.44 2014
35 Ethiopia 24.20 2014
36 Libya 23.87 2003
37 Algeria 23.78 2014
38 Albania 23.59 2014
39 Serbia 23.22 2014
40 Bangladesh 23.09 2012
41 Jamaica 22.81 2002
42 South Africa 22.80 1994
43 Bolivia 22.48 2007
44 Romania 22.43 2013
45 Iraq 22.09 2005
46 Pakistan 22.05 2014
47 Liberia 21.64 2012
48 India 21.53 2013
49 Morocco 21.38 2009
50 France 21.29 2013
51 Philippines 21.27 2005
52 Greece 20.79 2007
53 Cambodia 20.75 2011
54 Thailand 20.43 2011
55 Saudi Arabia 20.28 2014
56 Belize 20.26 2013
57 Eritrea 20.25 2014
58 Brazil 19.94 2013
59 Honduras 19.93 2014
60 Mongolia 19.72 2014
61 Burkina Faso 19.62 2013
62 China 19.49 2011
63 Djibouti 19.20 2011
64 Somalia 19.18 1987
65 Madagascar 19.06 2013
66 The Bahamas 19.04 1995
67 Italy 19.03 2013
68 El Salvador 18.93 2013
69 Finland 18.92 2013
70 Guinea 18.70 2014
71 Botswana 18.63 2012
72 Poland 18.50 2013
73 Angola 18.16 2011
74 Macedonia 17.69 2013
75 Denmark 17.69 1995
76 Swaziland 17.55 2013
77 Bahrain 17.48 2014
78 United Arab Emirates 17.46 2014
79 Colombia 17.35 2014
80 Benin 17.26 2011
81 New Zealand 17.16 2013
82 Kuwait 17.03 2004
83 Zimbabwe 17.00 2013
84 Argentina 16.78 2009
85 Moldova 16.67 2013
86 United Kingdom 16.42 2013
87 Namibia 16.37 2008
88 Belgium 16.34 2013
89 Slovak Republic 16.33 2013
90 Iran 16.27 2014
91 Belarus 16.24 2014
92 Malaysia 16.17 2013
93 Puerto Rico 15.53 2013
94 Ireland 15.39 2010
95 Dem. Rep. Congo 15.34 2013
96 Nicaragua 15.33 2002
97 Mozambique 15.23 2014
98 Hungary 15.17 2013
99 Brunei 15.12 2014
100 Chile 14.98 2013
101 Hong Kong SAR, China 14.97 1994
102 Peru 14.81 2002
103 Tajikistan 14.73 2014
104 Burundi 14.67 2013
105 Korea 14.66 2014
106 Ecuador 14.55 2012
107 Tunisia 14.53 2014
108 Barbados 14.51 2007
109 Russia 14.41 2012
110 Dominica 14.24 1993
111 Latvia 14.22 2013
112 Kyrgyz Republic 14.12 2013
113 Haiti 14.07 2014
114 Sweden 13.99 2012
115 Timor-Leste 13.99 2009
116 Malawi 13.60 2011
117 Slovenia 13.59 2013
118 Singapore 13.55 2013
119 Lao PDR 13.39 2014
120 Netherlands 13.35 2012
121 Macao SAR, China 13.34 2014
122 Zambia 13.12 1987
123 Guyana 13.10 2012
124 Venezuela 12.87 2009
125 Gabon 12.77 1999
126 United States 12.76 2013
127 Qatar 12.71 2014
128 Cyprus 12.68 2014
129 Spain 12.64 2012
130 Niger 12.33 2012
131 Bulgaria 12.31 2014
132 Congo 12.26 2013
133 Uzbekistan 12.05 2011
134 Costa Rica 11.87 1986
135 Oman 11.86 2014
136 Bosnia and Herzegovina 11.83 2014
137 Lithuania 11.71 2013
138 Ukraine 11.02 2014
139 Panama 10.88 2013
140 Chad 10.87 2011
141 Estonia 10.74 2006
142 Norway 10.46 2013
143 Portugal 10.46 2013
144 The Gambia 10.26 1995
145 Grenada 10.09 1984
146 St. Lucia 9.96 2014
147 Uruguay 9.85 2010
148 Trinidad and Tobago 9.74 2004
149 Cabo Verde 9.47 2014
150 Papua New Guinea 9.32 1999
151 Croatia 9.27 2012
152 Mexico 9.24 2012
153 Azerbaijan 9.17 2014
154 Canada 9.08 2000
155 Côte d'Ivoire 9.05 2014
156 Suriname 8.73 1990
157 Iceland 8.71 2012
158 Seychelles 8.59 2014
159 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 8.59 2009
160 Liechtenstein 8.28 2012
161 Palau 8.22 2013
162 Antigua and Barbuda 8.18 2012
163 Malta 8.08 2014
164 Paraguay 7.99 1973
165 Samoa 7.83 2000
166 Bhutan 7.75 2012
167 St. Kitts and Nevis 7.73 1993
168 Sierra Leone 7.55 2002
169 Germany 7.52 2013
170 Kazakhstan 7.51 2014
171 Austria 7.29 2013
172 Japan 7.12 2013
173 Armenia 7.10 2014
174 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 7.05 1990
175 Georgia 6.76 2014
176 Israel 6.28 1980
177 Switzerland 5.84 2012
178 São Tomé and Principe 5.77 2014
179 Turkmenistan 5.44 2014
180 Tonga 5.11 2000
181 Lebanon 4.99 2014
182 Andorra 4.88 2014
183 Equatorial Guinea 4.87 2000
184 Cuba 4.60 2014
185 Luxembourg 3.76 2012

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Development Relevance: The pupil-teacher ratio is often used to compare the quality of schooling across countries, but it is often weakly related to student learning and quality of education.

Limitations and Exceptions: The comparability of pupil-teacher ratios across countries is affected by the definition of teachers and by differences in class size by grade and in the number of hours taught, as well as the different practices countries employ such as part-time teachers, school shifts, and multi-grade classes. Moreover, the underlying enrollment levels are subject to a variety of reporting errors.

Statistical Concept and Methodology: Pupil-teacher ratio is calculated by dividing the number of students at the specified level of education by the number of teachers at the same level of education. Data on education are collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics from official responses to its annual education survey. All the data are mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) to ensure the comparability of education programs at the international level. The current version was formally adopted by UNESCO Member States in 2011. The reference years reflect the school year for which the data are presented. In some countries the school year spans two calendar years (for example, from September 2010 to June 2011); in these cases the reference year refers to the year in which the school year ended (2011 in the example).

Aggregation method: Weighted average

Periodicity: Annual