Asian Countries Top Global Education Ranking

Singapore comes out top in a global math and science education ranking carried out by the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

Asian countries dominate the first five rankings in the following order:

  1. Singapore
  2. Hong Kong
  3. South Korea
  4. Japan (joint)
  5. Taiwan (joint)
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Finland is the first non-Asian country to appear at 6th and Ghana came in the last place. This is the first time rankings include different regions with varying economic statuses from around the world. The usual more well-known Pisa scores focuses only richer countries. The test is said to show the link between education and economic growth.

Here are the overall rankings of all 76 countries suryed:

  1. Singapore
  2. Hong Kong
  3. South Korea
  4. Japan (joint)
  5. Taiwan (joint)
  6. Finland
  7. Estonia
  8. Switzerland
  9. Netherlands
  10. Canada
  11. Poland
  12. Vietnam
  13. Germany
  14. Australia
  15. Ireland
  16. Belgium
  17. New Zealand
  18. Slovenia
  19. Austria
  20. United Kingdom
  21. Czech Republic
  22. Denmark
  23. France
  24. Latvia
  25. Norway
  26. Luxembourg
  27. Spain
  28. Italy (joint)
  29. United States (joint)
  30. Portugal
  31. Lithuania
  32. Hungary
  33. Iceland
  34. Russia
  35. Sweden
  36. Croatia
  37. Slovak Republic
  38. Ukraine
  39. Israel
  40. Greece
  41. Turkey
  42. Serbia
  43. Bulgaria
  44. Romania
  45. UAE
  46. Cyprus
  47. Thailand
  48. Chile
  49. Kazakhstan
  50. Armenia
  51. Iran
  52. Malaysia
  53. Costa Rica
  54. Mexico
  55. Uruguay
  56. Montenegro
  57. Bahrain
  58. Lebanon
  59. Georgia
  60. Brazil
  61. Jordan
  62. Argentina
  63. Albania
  64. Tunisia
  65. Macedonia
  66. Saudi Arabia
  67. Colombia
  68. Qatar
  69. Indonesia
  70. Botswana
  71. Peru
  72. Oman
  73. Morocco
  74. Honduras
  75. South Africa
  76. Ghana

Does Top Education Mean Good Employment?

Despite stellar education rankings, more university graduates are still struggling with unemployment. 2.3 per cent of degree holders were underemployed in 2013, an increase from 2.2 per cent in 2012, according to reports.

Singapore’s education system is regularly ranked among the best in the world. It is the employment that comes after education that are giving students a headache.

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With references from Channel NewsAsia, TIME