May 25, 2016

Finland’s higher education system near top of the class worldwide

Students attend a lecture at Aalto University.
Students attend a lecture at Aalto University.
Aalto University

The annual Universitas 21 ranking has placed Finland in sixth position in its global study of higher education systems.

Developed as a benchmark for governments, education institutions and individuals, this year’s edition includes the same 50 countries as in previous reports. Each of which have been assessed across the indices of resources, output, connectivity and environment.

Notable achievements within these indices for Finland include ranking fourth worldwide for government expenditure on higher education as a share of GDP, third for Web presence, fifth on publications per head, third on enrolment rates and third on the number of national researchers per head of population.

Nonetheless, Finland’s overall ranking represents a drop of two spots from last year’s position.

The United States, Switzerland, Denmark, United Kingdom and Sweden round out the top five. Indonesia, meanwhile, took the bottom position.

Finland was also ranked sixth worldwide, when the data was compared against the values expected at each country’s level of economic development. When levels of GDP per capita are taken into account, Finland’s score is well above expected given its level of income.

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