School enrollment, tertiary (% gross) - Country Ranking

Definition: Gross enrollment ratio is the ratio of total enrollment, regardless of age, to the population of the age group that officially corresponds to the level of education shown. Tertiary education, whether or not to an advanced research qualification, normally requires, as a minimum condition of admission, the successful completion of education at the secondary level.

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

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Rank Country Value Year
1 Greece 136.60 2017
2 Australia 113.14 2017
3 Grenada 100.20 2017
4 Puerto Rico 97.50 2016
5 Korea 94.35 2017
6 Macao SAR, China 90.66 2018
7 Argentina 89.96 2017
8 Spain 88.85 2017
9 Chile 88.46 2017
10 Finland 88.20 2017
11 United States 88.17 2017
12 Latvia 88.06 2017
13 Belarus 87.43 2018
14 St. Kitts and Nevis 86.68 2015
15 Austria 85.06 2017
16 Netherlands 84.98 2017
17 Singapore 84.79 2017
18 Ukraine 82.67 2014
19 New Zealand 82.03 2017
20 Norway 81.99 2017
21 Russia 81.91 2017
22 Denmark 80.62 2017
23 Belgium 79.66 2017
24 Venezuela 79.30 2009
25 Slovenia 78.59 2017
26 Ireland 77.78 2017
27 Hong Kong SAR, China 76.92 2018
28 Lithuania 72.42 2017
29 Iceland 71.85 2017
30 Bulgaria 71.25 2016
31 Peru 70.74 2017
32 Germany 70.25 2017
33 Iran 69.64 2016
34 Estonia 69.64 2017
35 Canada 68.92 2017
36 Saudi Arabia 68.04 2018
37 Poland 67.83 2017
38 Serbia 67.16 2018
39 Sweden 66.99 2017
40 Croatia 66.53 2016
41 France 65.63 2017
42 Mongolia 65.60 2018
43 Barbados 65.43 2011
44 Czech Republic 64.08 2017
45 Portugal 63.94 2017
46 Israel 63.35 2017
47 Uruguay 63.13 2017
48 Italy 61.93 2017
49 Libya 60.50 2003
50 Georgia 60.33 2018
51 Cyprus 60.10 2015
52 United Kingdom 60.00 2017
53 Dominican Republic 59.92 2017
54 Switzerland 59.56 2017
55 Montenegro 56.08 2018
56 Colombia 55.33 2018
57 Costa Rica 55.21 2018
58 Albania 54.96 2018
59 Palau 54.69 2013
60 Armenia 54.57 2018
61 Kuwait 54.36 2018
62 Kazakhstan 53.99 2018
63 Algeria 51.37 2018
64 Brazil 51.34 2017
65 China 50.60 2018
66 Bahrain 50.48 2018
67 Thailand 49.29 2016
68 Malta 48.60 2016
69 Hungary 48.50 2017
70 Romania 48.24 2016
71 Panama 47.80 2016
72 Slovak Republic 46.63 2017
73 Malaysia 45.13 2018
74 Ecuador 44.89 2015
75 San Marino 42.47 2018
76 Kyrgyz Republic 41.27 2018
77 North Macedonia 41.14 2015
78 Mauritius 40.60 2017
79 Mexico 40.23 2017
80 Syrian Arab Republic 40.05 2016
81 Cuba 39.91 2017
82 Moldova 39.82 2018
83 Oman 38.04 2018
84 Indonesia 36.31 2018
85 Morocco 35.94 2018
86 Philippines 35.48 2017
87 Egypt 35.16 2017
88 Liechtenstein 35.02 2016
89 Paraguay 34.63 2010
90 Jordan 34.42 2018
91 Tunisia 32.15 2017
92 Brunei 31.39 2018
93 Tajikistan 31.26 2017
94 El Salvador 28.59 2017
95 Vietnam 28.54 2016
96 India 28.06 2018
97 Azerbaijan 27.71 2018
98 Jamaica 27.13 2015
99 Dem. People's Rep. Korea 27.02 2018
100 Lebanon 26.26 1985
101 Honduras 26.16 2018
102 Botswana 24.86 2017
103 Antigua and Barbuda 24.83 2012
104 Belize 24.66 2017
105 Cabo Verde 24.40 2017
106 Turkey 23.86 1999
107 St. Vincent and the Grenadines 23.67 2015
108 Bosnia and Herzegovina 23.34 2002
109 South Africa 22.37 2017
110 Guatemala 21.78 2015
111 Bangladesh 20.57 2018
112 Sri Lanka 19.63 2018
113 Luxembourg 19.15 2017
114 Qatar 17.87 2018
115 Timor-Leste 17.75 2010
116 Nicaragua 17.42 2002
117 Seychelles 17.08 2018
118 Sudan 16.92 2015
119 Iraq 16.16 2005
120 Fiji 16.14 2005
121 Ghana 15.69 2018
122 Myanmar 15.66 2017
123 Bhutan 15.55 2018
124 The Bahamas 15.06 1995
125 Lao PDR 14.97 2018
126 Togo 14.52 2018
127 St. Lucia 14.07 2018
128 São Tomé and Principe 13.38 2015
129 Cambodia 13.13 2017
130 Senegal 12.76 2018
131 Cameroon 12.76 2017
132 Congo 12.67 2017
133 Suriname 12.56 2002
134 Nepal 12.41 2018
135 Benin 12.27 2017
136 Trinidad and Tobago 11.95 2004
137 Liberia 11.92 2012
138 Guyana 11.62 2012
139 Guinea 11.56 2014
140 Kenya 11.46 2017
141 Lesotho 10.20 2018
142 Nigeria 10.17 2011
143 Yemen 10.15 2011
144 Uzbekistan 10.08 2018
145 Zimbabwe 10.01 2015
146 Afghanistan 9.69 2018
147 Côte d'Ivoire 9.34 2017
148 Angola 9.34 2016
149 Pakistan 9.08 2018
150 Comoros 8.99 2014
151 Gabon 8.31 2003
152 Ethiopia 8.11 2014
153 Turkmenistan 7.97 2014
154 Samoa 7.56 2000
155 Mozambique 7.31 2018
156 Dominica 7.23 1993
157 Eswatini 6.75 2013
158 Rwanda 6.73 2018
159 Dem. Rep. Congo 6.60 2016
160 Burkina Faso 6.50 2018
161 Tonga 6.35 2003
162 Burundi 6.05 2017
163 Mali 5.50 2015
164 Djibouti 5.35 2011
165 Madagascar 5.28 2017
166 Mauritania 5.00 2017
167 Uganda 4.84 2014
168 Vanuatu 4.74 2004
169 Niger 4.41 2018
170 Zambia 4.12 2012
171 Tanzania 4.01 2015
172 Eritrea 3.36 2016
173 Chad 3.25 2015
174 Central African Republic 2.98 2012
175 The Gambia 2.72 2012
176 Guinea-Bissau 2.64 2006
177 Somalia 2.46 1987
178 Sierra Leone 1.96 2002
179 Equatorial Guinea 1.85 2000
180 Papua New Guinea 1.78 1999
181 Haiti 1.05 1986
182 Malawi 0.82 2011

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Development Relevance: Gross enrollment ratios indicate the capacity of each level of the education system, but a high ratio may reflect a substantial number of overage children enrolled in each grade because of repetition or late entry rather than a successful education system. The net enrollment rate excludes overage and underage students and more accurately captures the system's coverage and internal efficiency. Differences between the gross enrollment ratio and the net enrollment rate show the incidence of overage and underage enrollments.

Limitations and Exceptions: Enrollment indicators are based on annual school surveys, but do not necessarily reflect actual attendance or dropout rates during the year. Also, the length of education differs across countries and can influence enrollment rates, although the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) tries to minimize the difference. For example, a shorter duration for primary education tends to increase the rate; a longer one to decrease it (in part because older children are more at risk of dropping out). Moreover, age at enrollment may be inaccurately estimated or misstated, especially in communities where registration of births is not strictly enforced.

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: Gross enrollment ratio for tertiary school is calculated by dividing the number of students enrolled in tertiary education regardless of age by the population of the age group which officially corresponds to tertiary education, and multiplying by 100. 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. Population data are drawn from the United Nations Population Division. Using a single source for population data standardizes definitions, estimations, and interpolation methods, ensuring a consistent methodology across countries and minimizing potential enumeration problems in national censuses. 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