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

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

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

See also: Thematic map, Time series comparison

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Georgia 27.15 2017
2 Switzerland 19.97 2018
3 Poland 19.27 2016
4 Slovak Republic 18.57 2017
5 Czech Republic 16.30 2017
6 Kyrgyz Republic 15.45 2009
7 Slovenia 15.32 2017
8 Belgium 14.92 2017
9 Latvia 14.60 2018
10 Portugal 13.64 2018
11 Lithuania 13.35 2017
12 United States 13.05 2018
13 Spain 12.92 2018
14 Israel 12.75 2015
15 Denmark 12.73 2018
16 Albania 12.33 2012
17 Cyprus 12.21 2018
18 United Kingdom 11.99 2017
19 Finland 11.91 2017
20 Peru 11.89 2018
21 Netherlands 11.73 2018
22 Austria 11.40 2017
23 Ireland 11.38 2017
24 Sweden 11.32 2017
25 Germany 11.20 2018
26 San Marino 11.09 2018
27 Tajikistan 10.97 2017
28 Andorra 10.87 2016
29 Norway 10.87 2017
30 France 9.50 2017
31 Cayman Islands 9.30 2015
32 Romania 9.27 2014
33 Hungary 8.65 2016
34 United Arab Emirates 8.31 2017
35 Australia 7.81 2018
36 Paraguay 6.96 2018
37 Malta 6.64 2018
38 New Zealand 4.88 2016
39 Cuba 4.70 2012
40 Iran 4.46 2016
41 Korea 4.45 2015
42 The Bahamas 4.14 2010
43 Bangladesh 4.02 2018
44 Colombia 3.57 2018
45 Mauritius 3.22 2018
46 Greenland 3.03 2015
47 Costa Rica 2.82 2018
48 Saudi Arabia 2.52 2017
49 Mongolia 2.48 2010
50 Greece 2.42 2016
51 Panama 2.37 2010
52 Turkey 2.26 2017
53 Serbia 2.18 2017
54 Bhutan 2.15 2017
55 Thailand 2.14 2016
56 St. Lucia 2.13 2010
57 Puerto Rico 2.12 2017
58 Uruguay 2.08 2018
59 Pakistan 1.84 2017
60 Oman 1.82 2015
61 Côte d'Ivoire 1.80 2014
62 Bolivia 1.72 2015
63 Trinidad and Tobago 1.66 2011
64 Nigeria 1.64 2006
65 Malaysia 1.59 2016
66 Senegal 1.53 2017
67 Chile 1.51 2017
68 Mexico 1.51 2018
69 Qatar 1.46 2017
70 South Africa 1.46 2017
71 Cabo Verde 1.44 2015
72 Bahrain 1.42 2018
73 Nepal 1.41 2011
74 Ecuador 1.27 2017
75 Russia 1.20 2010
76 Dominican Republic 1.20 2016
77 Bosnia and Herzegovina 1.12 2018
78 Moldova 1.11 2018
79 Fiji 1.08 2017
80 Venezuela 1.00 2016
81 Brazil 0.96 2018
82 Sri Lanka 0.83 2016
83 Egypt 0.69 2017
84 Cambodia 0.66 2015
85 Zimbabwe 0.62 2017
86 Indonesia 0.61 2018
87 Niger 0.55 2012
88 Kuwait 0.45 2018
89 Philippines 0.39 2017
90 China 0.38 2010
91 Guatemala 0.36 2014
92 Rwanda 0.30 2018
93 El Salvador 0.26 2013
94 Chad 0.26 2009
95 Mozambique 0.21 2017
96 Burundi 0.16 2014
97 Dem. Rep. Congo 0.13 2016
98 Kazakhstan 0.13 2009
99 São Tomé and Principe 0.00 2012
99 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