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#1 Nevlach

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 05:49 PM

1. Canada

> Pct. population with tertiary education: 51%
> Average annual growth rate (2000-2010): 2.4% (5th lowest)
> GDP per capita: $39,050 (11th highest)

Canada is the only nation where more than half of all adults had a tertiary education in 2010. This was up from 40% of the adult population in 2000, when the country also ranked as the world’s most educated. Canada has managed to become a world leader in education without being a leader in education spending, which totaled just 6.1% of GDP in 2009, or less than the 6.3% average for the OECD. A large amount of its spending went towards tertiary education, on which the country spent 2.5% of GDP, trailing only the United States and South Korea. One of the few areas Canada did not perform well in was attracting international students, who made up just 6.6% of all tertiary students — lower than the OECD’s 8% average.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:13 PM

One of the few areas Canada did not perform well in was attracting international students, who made up just 6.6% of all tertiary students — lower than the OECD’s 8% average.


I find this extremely surprising...
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:13 PM

Well that sounds pretty good. We should consider the quality of education though. Many people have argued to me that the european grade school system is much better than Canada's (I can't really comment myself, but thats what people say), and there are many college/university programs that I consider more to be interesting to the student rather than an actual education. For example, I consider many of the people I graduated with (Business Admin Degree) to be far less educated than someone with even one year of University Science. In fact, a lot of the students who just did the two year Business Diploma and then quit were some of the dumbest people I've ever met.
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:19 PM

Hmm I have consistently heard that Canadian education beats American education. But have been told Canadian education is similar to European. So it's hard to say.
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:26 PM

I find this extremely surprising...


well if you go to UBC sure

but what about places like anywhere in the prairies lol
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 06:42 PM

well if you go to UBC sure

but what about places like anywhere in the prairies lol


SFU.
But that is a very good point.
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:36 PM

Interesting. Good news, for sure.

What I'm interested in, though, is where they got the stats from. I wonder which company/organisation did the numbers.
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:50 PM

I pretty much assumed this.

We had to learn English in school, even though I never even plan on going to England.
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 08:53 PM

SFU.
But that is a very good point.


I live in Toronto now and it's not much different from UBC. I don't imagine York to be much different either.

Between York, UBC, and UofT, that's 125,000 students right there.

Now, maybe the international student thing is relatively new and most adults who have tertiary education are white...
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:06 PM

I live in Toronto now and it's not much different from UBC. I don't imagine York to be much different either.

Between York, UBC, and UofT, that's 125,000 students right there.

Now, maybe the international student thing is relatively new and most adults who have tertiary education are white...


Thats another good point, I doubt Canada had much allure to international students 20 years ago, with what was then (not quite as much anymore) a superior tertiary education system in the States so close by.

I'm sure the numbers of International Students is much higher currently.

Edited by Jagermeister, 25 September 2012 - 09:09 PM.

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Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:11 PM

I guess that's why many new university grads are working for close to minimum wage.
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 09:29 PM

When I was living in Germany in 1999-2011 I saw a report and they had a list of the top 100 countries with the best public school systems. Canada was number 1, so this does not surprise me at all.
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 10:14 PM

Thats another good point, I doubt Canada had much allure to international students 20 years ago, with what was then (not quite as much anymore) a superior tertiary education system in the States so close by.

I'm sure the numbers of International Students is much higher currently.


You also can't assume that most or even a considerable number of the Asian students you see at UBC, SFU, UofT etc. are "International students". Most of them are likely just plain old Asian students born in or have immigrated to Canada.
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 10:19 PM

First world countries rule!
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Posted 25 September 2012 - 10:23 PM

It's too bad we have good education, and a 19th century economy.

I would honestly say Canadian businesses as a whole are far too conservative, don't like to take risks. And don't try to innovate, and expand.

Great for institutions like banks, not so good for other industries.

We need more Bombardiers, and other companies that make good wages for it's employees without depending on raw materials that we export, then buy back as finished goods for many times the price.

Edited by Ghostsof1915, 25 September 2012 - 10:26 PM.

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