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Israel Ranks #2 in List of World’s Most Educated Countries

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The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development released it’s 2011 list of the worlds most educated countries.  Israel, which saw the largest population increase of any country in 2011 – coming in at just over 19% – ranked #2 in education behind Canada.

According to the report, which was completed by the OECD and 24/7 Wall St.:

Israel’s percentage of the population with a postsecondary education is 45%

Israel’s GDP per capita comes in at $28,596 – #12 on the list

2000-2009 population change: 19.02%  – #1 on the list

Although there is no data on the percentage of Israeli citizens with postsecondary education dating back to 1999, the numbers going back to 2002 show that growth is slowing dramatically compared to other countries. In fact, in 2006, 46% of adults ages 25 to 64 had a tertiary education. In 2007 this number fell to 44%. Only 78% of funds spent on educational institutions in Israel are public funds. The country is also only one of three — the other two being Ireland and Sweden — where expenditure on educational institutions as a proportion of GDP decreased from 2000 to 2008. Israel also had the largest increase in overall population, approximately 19% from 2000 to 2009.

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