Pupil-teacher ratio, tertiary - Country Ranking

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

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 Guinea-Bissau 147.56 2006
2 Syrian Arab Republic 64.41 2015
3 Nepal 60.01 2013
4 Myanmar 57.18 2017
5 Cameroon 52.28 2014
6 Sudan 49.85 2015
7 Turkey 47.44 2017
8 Mauritania 42.95 2013
9 Greece 38.75 2017
10 Bangladesh 37.12 2018
11 Central African Republic 34.61 2011
12 Tanzania 34.45 2012
13 Pakistan 33.46 2018
14 Yemen 32.21 2007
15 Ethiopia 31.22 2014
16 Mauritius 30.39 2010
17 Sri Lanka 29.76 2018
18 Benin 29.49 2017
19 Morocco 28.74 2018
20 Fiji 28.55 1991
21 Senegal 27.94 2018
22 Guatemala 27.71 2002
23 Dominican Republic 27.43 2017
24 Algeria 27.29 2018
25 Indonesia 27.26 2018
26 Kenya 27.00 2017
27 Cayman Islands 26.82 2008
28 Ghana 26.52 2018
29 Chad 26.39 2015
30 Comoros 26.31 2014
31 Czech Republic 26.02 2013
32 Angola 25.52 2015
33 Vanuatu 24.86 2002
34 Rwanda 24.74 2018
35 India 24.73 2018
36 Thailand 24.64 2016
37 Vietnam 24.59 2016
38 Uganda 24.47 2011
39 Egypt 23.87 2014
40 Libya 23.87 2003
41 Philippines 23.73 2017
42 Madagascar 23.63 2017
43 The Gambia 23.15 2012
44 Mongolia 23.09 2018
45 Jamaica 22.81 2002
46 South Africa 22.80 1994
47 Nigeria 22.60 2011
48 Iraq 22.09 2005
49 Serbia 22.07 2018
50 Bahrain 21.86 2018
51 Liberia 21.64 2012
52 Afghanistan 21.53 2018
53 Honduras 21.46 2018
54 Togo 21.33 2018
55 France 21.29 2013
56 Mali 20.51 2000
57 Australia 20.38 1992
58 Italy 20.12 2017
59 Romania 19.86 2016
60 Finland 19.84 2017
61 Burundi 19.80 2017
62 Lesotho 19.68 2018
63 China 19.49 2011
64 Peru 19.25 2017
65 Brazil 19.24 2017
66 Djibouti 19.20 2011
67 Somalia 19.18 1987
68 The Bahamas 19.04 1995
69 Saudi Arabia 18.97 2018
70 Guinea 18.70 2014
71 United Arab Emirates 18.42 2017
72 Botswana 18.25 2017
73 Zimbabwe 17.93 2015
74 North Macedonia 17.69 2015
75 El Salvador 17.67 2017
76 Eswatini 17.55 2013
77 Seychelles 17.55 2018
78 Burkina Faso 17.32 2018
79 Poland 17.10 2015
80 Kuwait 17.03 2004
81 Belgium 16.95 2017
82 Argentina 16.78 2009
83 Tajikistan 16.66 2017
84 Ecuador 16.59 2015
85 Kazakhstan 16.54 2018
86 Oman 16.22 2016
87 New Zealand 15.96 2017
88 Tunisia 15.95 2012
89 Bhutan 15.59 2018
90 United Kingdom 15.56 2017
91 Ireland 15.39 2010
92 Dem. Rep. Congo 15.34 2013
93 Nicaragua 15.33 2002
94 Mozambique 15.17 2018
95 Chile 14.98 2013
96 Hong Kong SAR, China 14.97 1994
97 Montenegro 14.90 2018
98 Colombia 14.85 2018
99 Niger 14.70 2018
100 Barbados 14.51 2007
101 Macao SAR, China 14.37 2018
102 Korea 14.28 2017
103 Dominica 14.24 1993
104 Eritrea 14.09 2016
105 Albania 14.07 2018
106 Qatar 14.03 2018
107 Iran 14.00 2016
108 Timor-Leste 13.99 2009
109 Belize 13.94 2017
110 Cambodia 13.88 2017
111 Belarus 13.86 2018
112 Moldova 13.84 2018
113 Hungary 13.61 2016
114 Malawi 13.60 2011
115 Puerto Rico 13.55 2016
116 Malaysia 13.35 2018
117 Singapore 13.34 2017
118 Zambia 13.12 1987
119 Guyana 13.10 2012
120 Venezuela 12.87 2009
121 Slovak Republic 12.79 2017
122 Gabon 12.77 1999
123 Netherlands 12.74 2017
124 Cyprus 12.65 2015
125 Jordan 12.50 2017
126 Brunei 12.42 2018
127 Sweden 12.28 2017
128 Congo 12.20 2017
129 Spain 12.03 2017
130 United States 12.02 2017
131 Uzbekistan 11.93 2018
132 Costa Rica 11.87 1986
133 Latvia 11.81 2017
134 Bulgaria 11.80 2016
135 Côte d'Ivoire 11.67 2017
136 Panama 11.54 2016
137 Mexico 11.44 2017
138 Estonia 11.35 2017
139 Slovenia 11.30 2016
140 Lao PDR 11.30 2018
141 Kyrgyz Republic 11.08 2018
142 Portugal 10.46 2017
143 Lithuania 10.36 2017
144 Ukraine 10.33 2018
145 Azerbaijan 9.92 2018
146 Russia 9.86 2017
147 Croatia 9.76 2016
148 Trinidad and Tobago 9.74 2004
149 Haiti 9.61 1986
150 Bosnia and Herzegovina 9.37 2018
151 Papua New Guinea 9.32 1999
152 Canada 9.17 2016
153 Luxembourg 9.15 2016
154 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 9.03 2015
155 Cabo Verde 8.78 2017
156 Switzerland 8.73 2017
157 Suriname 8.73 1990
158 Iceland 8.71 2012
159 Norway 8.56 2017
160 Denmark 8.46 2015
161 Georgia 8.33 2018
162 Palau 8.22 2013
163 Antigua and Barbuda 8.18 2012
164 São Tomé and Principe 8.03 2015
165 Paraguay 7.99 1973
166 Malta 7.94 2016
167 Samoa 7.83 2000
168 St. Lucia 7.71 2018
169 St. Kitts and Nevis 7.64 2015
170 Germany 7.59 2017
171 Sierra Leone 7.55 2002
172 Uruguay 7.24 2017
173 Austria 7.18 2017
174 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 7.05 1990
175 Armenia 6.92 2018
176 Monaco 6.88 2016
177 Japan 6.88 2017
178 Liechtenstein 6.45 2016
179 Israel 6.28 1980
180 Turkmenistan 5.44 2014
181 Tonga 5.11 2000
182 San Marino 5.10 2018
183 Lebanon 4.99 2014
184 Equatorial Guinea 4.87 2000
185 Cuba 4.59 2017
186 Andorra 4.43 2018
187 Grenada 1.16 2017

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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.

Other Notes: Data retrieved via API in March 2019. For detailed information on the observation level (e.g. National Estimation, UIS Estimation, or Category not applicable), please visit UIS.Stat (http://data.uis.unesco.org/).

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