- Aug 2010
- Welsh Marches
There are actually a wide range of very good universities in the UK, some of which I would recommend above Oxbridge for certain subjects. There is also a big tail though, especially since the polytechnics were turned into universities (a mistake in my view because the polytechnics performed a useful function in their own right). If the UK is placed higher than I would have expected, it is because of the obvious defiiencies of the school system. Russia is placed above the USA! I wonder whether the education systems in Korea, Singapore and Hong Kong really develop pupils as rounded individuals who can think originally. Altogether I am very suspicious of any such list because I'm pretty sure that different qualities and ambitions which cannot be rated in a simple hierarchy.Found this ranking of the top educational systems in the world. Compiled by a British multinational publishing & educational company, the criteria used are education in primary, secondary and high school, along with higher education & international schools.
- South Korea
- Hong Kong
- The United Kingdom
- The Netherlands
- The United States
- New Zealand
- Czech Republic
For a Masters degree, UK is 1st with the USA 2nd (can't find the full list).
Top 40 education systems in the world
I'm a little surprised the UK made it to 6th on the list. I know the top Universities in England (and Scotland) have outstanding worldwide reputations, I just imagined the gap between the very best & average institutions were enormous in the UK, simply based on economic disparities between regions & the historical reverence of Oxbridge.
Then again I couldn't find the methodology involved; they could've taken a small representitive sample for every school period or just picked the top 5 from each country.