Educational attainment, at least Bachelor's or equivalent, population 25+, total (%) (cumulative) - Country Ranking

Definition: The percentage of population ages 25 and over that attained or completed Bachelor's or equivalent.

Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (http://uis.unesco.org/)

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Rank Country Value Year
1 United Arab Emirates 46.56 2017
2 Switzerland 36.95 2015
3 United States 34.99 2018
4 Belgium 34.69 2017
5 Lithuania 34.54 2017
6 Georgia 34.02 2017
7 United Kingdom 33.92 2017
8 Israel 33.21 2015
9 Denmark 32.36 2018
10 Australia 31.75 2018
11 Singapore 31.60 2018
12 Ireland 31.16 2017
13 Netherlands 31.09 2018
14 Latvia 30.03 2018
15 Cayman Islands 29.86 2015
16 Korea 28.68 2015
17 Cyprus 28.56 2018
18 New Zealand 28.10 2016
19 Norway 28.07 2017
20 Saudi Arabia 25.98 2017
21 Germany 25.15 2018
22 Venezuela 25.15 2016
23 Poland 24.95 2016
24 Bulgaria 24.71 2017
25 Armenia 24.38 2017
26 Finland 24.34 2017
27 Sweden 23.94 2017
28 Mongolia 23.71 2010
29 Kazakhstan 22.81 2009
30 Spain 21.94 2018
31 Bahrain 21.61 2018
32 Costa Rica 21.31 2018
33 Czech Republic 20.91 2017
34 Slovak Republic 20.68 2017
35 Slovenia 20.68 2017
36 Hungary 20.41 2016
37 Greece 20.14 2016
38 Moldova 20.12 2018
39 Japan 19.91 2010
40 Bolivia 19.63 2015
41 Qatar 19.03 2017
42 Portugal 18.65 2018
43 Malta 18.42 2018
44 Iran 18.18 2016
45 Dominican Republic 18.12 2016
46 France 18.00 2017
47 Brazil 16.54 2018
48 Uzbekistan 16.32 2016
49 Kyrgyz Republic 16.20 2009
50 Panama 16.09 2010
51 Philippines 16.02 2017
52 Mexico 16.02 2018
53 San Marino 15.76 2018
54 Azerbaijan 15.72 2017
55 The Bahamas 15.23 2010
56 Serbia 14.90 2017
57 Thailand 14.81 2016
58 Chile 14.64 2017
59 Austria 14.25 2017
60 Cuba 14.18 2012
61 Paraguay 13.02 2018
62 Romania 13.01 2014
63 Albania 12.90 2012
64 Oman 12.46 2015
65 Ecuador 12.16 2017
66 Tajikistan 11.87 2017
67 Colombia 11.76 2018
68 Uruguay 11.47 2018
69 Malaysia 11.31 2016
70 Kuwait 11.12 2018
71 Mauritius 10.80 2018
72 Greenland 10.57 2015
73 Bhutan 10.20 2017
74 Honduras 9.58 2018
75 Indonesia 9.37 2018
76 Bangladesh 9.36 2018
77 Suriname 9.18 2012
78 India 9.14 2011
79 Nigeria 9.04 2006
80 South Africa 8.25 2017
81 Bosnia and Herzegovina 7.75 2018
82 Puerto Rico 7.59 2017
83 Pakistan 7.37 2011
84 Cabo Verde 6.93 2015
85 Guatemala 6.89 2014
86 Jamaica 6.81 2011
87 El Salvador 6.67 2017
88 Trinidad and Tobago 5.79 2011
89 Fiji 5.17 2017
90 Nepal 4.62 2011
91 Guinea 4.43 2014
92 Rwanda 4.13 2018
93 China 3.58 2010
94 Dem. Rep. Congo 3.48 2016
95 São Tomé and Principe 3.26 2012
96 Zimbabwe 3.25 2017
97 Côte d'Ivoire 2.80 2014
98 Senegal 2.76 2017
99 Angola 2.63 2014
100 Mali 2.25 2018
101 Russia 2.07 2010
102 Mozambique 1.83 2017
103 Uganda 1.70 2012
104 Niger 1.02 2012
105 Chad 0.86 2009
106 Burundi 0.81 2014
107 Burkina Faso 0.00 2014

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Development Relevance: A relative high concentration of the adult population in a given level of education reflects the capacity of the educational system in the corresponding level of education. Educational attainment is closely related to the skills and competencies of a country's population, and could be seen as a proxy of both the quantitative and qualitative aspects of the stock of human capital.

Limitations and Exceptions: Caution is required when using this indicator for cross-country comparison, since the countries do not always classify degrees and qualifications at the same International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) levels, even if they are received at roughly the same age or after a similar number of years of schooling. Also, certain educational programmes and study courses cannot be easily classified according to ISCED. This indicator only measures educational attainment in terms of level of education attained, i.e. years of schooling, and do not necessarily reveal the quality of the education (learning achievement and other impacts).

Statistical Concept and Methodology: It is calculated by dividing the number of population ages 25 and older who attained or completed Bachelor's or equivalent by the total population of the same age group and multiplying by 100. The number 0 means zero or small enough that the number would round to zero. Data are collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics mainly from national population census, household survey, and labour force 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.

Periodicity: Annual