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

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

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

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Switzerland 23.05 2015
2 Czech Republic 16.30 2015
3 Slovak Republic 16.04 2015
4 Poland 15.78 2014
5 Belgium 15.50 2015
6 Georgia 15.23 2014
7 Kyrgyz Republic 14.18 2009
8 Albania 12.82 2012
9 Lithuania 12.60 2015
10 Slovenia 12.30 2015
11 Israel 12.20 2015
12 Netherlands 12.20 2015
13 Germany 12.02 2015
14 United States 12.00 2015
15 Austria 11.80 2015
16 Denmark 11.56 2015
17 Portugal 11.55 2015
18 Andorra 11.45 2015
19 Norway 11.35 2015
20 Sweden 10.79 2015
21 Cyprus 10.72 2015
22 France 10.49 2015
23 Finland 10.46 2014
24 Hungary 10.03 2015
25 Romania 9.81 2014
26 Cayman Islands 9.44 2015
27 United Kingdom 8.66 2014
28 Latvia 8.45 2015
29 Ireland 8.25 2011
30 Australia 7.61 2015
31 Paraguay 6.34 2015
32 Puerto Rico 5.33 2012
33 Malta 4.80 2015
34 Korea 4.78 2010
35 New Zealand 4.53 2015
36 Iran 4.12 2014
37 Cuba 3.97 2012
38 The Bahamas 3.83 2010
39 Nepal 3.67 2011
40 Colombia 3.09 2015
41 Greenland 2.96 2015
42 Senegal 2.90 2013
43 Pakistan 2.81 2014
44 Costa Rica 2.80 2015
45 Côte d'Ivoire 2.61 2014
46 Mexico 2.45 2015
47 Greece 2.43 2015
48 Mongolia 2.17 2010
49 Panama 2.15 2010
50 Bolivia 2.13 2012
51 Turkey 2.08 2015
52 Thailand 1.93 2016
53 Serbia 1.81 2015
54 Oman 1.77 2015
55 Peru 1.66 2015
56 Uruguay 1.60 2015
57 South Africa 1.28 2015
58 Ecuador 1.27 2015
59 Cabo Verde 1.23 2015
60 Chile 1.23 2013
61 Russia 1.22 2010
62 Bhutan 1.13 2012
63 Bahrain 1.08 2010
64 Venezuela 0.82 2015
65 Bosnia and Herzegovina 0.81 2015
66 Moldova 0.79 2015
67 Saudi Arabia 0.75 2013
68 Indonesia 0.69 2015
69 Kuwait 0.48 2015
70 Guatemala 0.47 2014
71 China 0.44 2010
72 Rwanda 0.39 2012
73 Philippines 0.34 2013
74 El Salvador 0.28 2013
75 Burundi 0.27 2014
76 Dem. Rep. Congo 0.23 2016
77 São Tomé and Principe 0.00 2012
77 Kenya 0.00 2010
77 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 Master'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