Where does Ireland rank on the most educated countries list? 9 years ago

Where does Ireland rank on the most educated countries list?

Our economy might be halfway down the toilet, but if our ranking on the world’s most educated countries list is anything to go by, at least we’re doing something right.

Based on a study carried out by The Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development’s (OECD), US website 24/7 Wall St. identified the 10 countries with the highest proportion of adults with a college degree and it may surprise you to learn that Ireland features in the top ten alongside the likes of Australia, the UK, the US, Japan and top dogs Canada.


According to the study, 37 per cent of Irish people have a third-level degree and between the years 2000-2010, the percentage of people with a college education in Ireland nearly doubled, rising at an annual average of 7.3 per cent — faster than any country in the study, while graduation from second level education rose from 74 per cent to 94 per cent during the same period.

Canada finished on top of the most educated countries list after it was found that 51 per cent of the population had a college degree, a very impressive figure which indicates that they know something aboot the whole education process, eh?

You can read more about the study and the exact details here, but at a time when there’s little but doom and gloom in the news, it’s nice to hear something positive for once.

Now if we only had enough jobs on these shores for all our college graduates, we’d really be on the right track.


Most educated countries in the world

1. Canada

2. Israel

3. Japan


4. United States

5. New Zealand

6. South Korea

7. United Kingdom


8. Finland

9. Australia

10. Ireland