List of countries by tertiary education attainment

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This is a list of countries by 25- to 64-year-olds having completed tertiary education as published by the OECD. It includes some non-OECD members.

Tertiary education is the educational level following the completion of a school providing a secondary education. The World Bank, for example, defines tertiary education as including universities as well as institutions that teach specific capacities of higher learning such as colleges, technical training institutes, community colleges, nursing schools, research laboratories, centers of excellence, and distance learning centers.[1]

2014 OECD data[edit]

Tertiary education attainment by age group

Source: OECD[2]

  • Including non-OECD member countries: Brazil, China, Colombia, Costa Rica, Indonesia, Latvia, Lithuania, Russia, Saudi Arabia, South Africa


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Country
Age
25-64
(%)
Age
Year

Non-OECD
25-34
(%)
35-44
(%)
45-54
(%)
55-64
(%)
 Australia 42 48 46 38 33 2014
 Austria 30 38 33 27 21 2014
 Belgium 37 44 42 34 26 2014
 Brazil 14 15 14 14 11 2013 Black check.svg
 Canada 54 58 61 51 45 2014
 Chile 21 27 24 17 14 2013
 China 10 18 9 6 4 2010 Black check.svg
 Colombia 22 28 23 18 16 2014 Black check.svg
 Costa Rica 18 21 19 17 17 2014 Black check.svg
 Czech Republic 22 30 21 20 15 2014
 Denmark 36 42 41 33 29 2014
 Estonia 38 40 39 35 36 2014
 Finland 42 40 50 44 34 2014
 France 32 44 39 26 20 2013
 Germany 27 28 29 26 25 2014
 Greece 28 39 27 26 21 2014
 Hungary 23 32 25 20 17 2014
 Iceland 37 41 42 36 29 2014
 Indonesia 8 10 9 8 4 2011 Black check.svg
 Ireland 41 51 49 34 24 2014
 Israel 49 46 53 48 47 2014
 Italy 17 24 19 13 12 2014
 Japan 48 59 53 47 35 2014
 Latvia 30 39 31 27 23 2014 Black check.svg
 Lithuania 37 53 38 30 28 2014 Black check.svg
 Luxembourg 46 53 56 40 32 2014
 Mexico 19 25 17 16 13 2014
 Netherlands 34 44 38 30 27 2014
 New Zealand 36 40 41 32 29 2014
 Norway 42 49 49 36 32 2014
 Poland 27 43 32 18 14 2014
 Portugal 22 31 26 17 13 2014
 Russia 54 58 55 53 50 2013 Black check.svg
 Saudi Arabia 22 26 22 18 14 2013 Black check.svg
 Slovakia 20 30 21 15 14 2014
 Slovenia 29 38 35 24 18 2014
 South Africa 7 5 7 8 7 2012 Black check.svg
 South Korea 45 68 56 33 17 2014
 Spain 35 41 43 30 21 2014
 Sweden 39 46 46 32 30 2014
  Switzerland 40 46 45 38 31 2014
 Turkey 17 25 16 10 10 2014
 United Kingdom 42 49 46 38 35 2014
 United States 44 46 47 43 41 2014

Countries by Level of Tertiary Education[edit]

This is a list of countries by the level of tertiary education completed by 25-34 year olds measured by the percent of the population. This list contains the percentage of 25-34 year olds that have obtained at least a 2-year tertiary degree or its equivalent. In the United States an associate's degree refers to this level of tertiary education. This list also contains the percent of 25-34 year olds that have completed a 4-year degree or higher. In the United States a bachelor's degree refers to this level of tertiary education. Additionally this list contains the percent of 25-34 year olds that have completed a 6-year degree or higher. In the United States a master's degree refers to this level of tertiary education. The source for this list is the OECD as published by OECD Education at a glance 2016. [3]


Country
Age 25-34
Year

Non-OECD
Equivalent to a 2 Year degree or higher (%) Equivalent to a 4 Year degree or higher (%) Equivalent to a 6 Year degree or higher (%)
 Australia 48 39 9 2015
 Austria 39 24 15 2015
 Belgium 43 43 20 2015
 Brazil 16 16 NA 2014 Black check.svg
 Canada 59 34 9 2015
 Chile 27 19 1 2013
 China 18 8 1 2010 Black check.svg
 Colombia 27 27 NA 2015 Black check.svg
 Costa Rica 28 18 1 2015 Black check.svg
 Czech Republic 31 31 20 2015
 Denmark 44 40 17 2015
 Estonia 41 39 16 2015
 Finland 41 41 14 2015
 France 45 28 16 2014
 Germany 30 28 14 2015
 Greece 40 39 3 2015
 Hungary 32 29 13 2015
 Iceland 40 37 11 2015
 Indonesia 11 11 NA 2013 Black check.svg
 Ireland 52 40 11 2015
 Israel 46 35 7 2015
 Italy 25 25 15 2015
 Japan 60 40 NA 2015
 Latvia 40 35 12 2015 Black check.svg
 Lithuania 55 55 17 2015 Black check.svg
 Luxembourg 50 44 27 2015
 Mexico 21 20 1 2015
 Netherlands 45 44 17 2015
 New Zealand 39 36 4 2015
 Norway 48 34 13 2015
 Poland 43 43 31 2015
 Portugal 33 33 21 2015
 Russia 58 58 NA 2013 Black check.svg
 Saudi Arabia 26 26 NA 2014 Black check.svg
 Slovakia 31 31 25 2015
 Slovenia 41 34 24 2015
 South Africa 14 14 NA 2014 Black check.svg
 South Korea 69 47 NA 2015
 Spain 41 28 17 2015
 Sweden 46 35 14 2015
  Switzerland 49 49 23 2015
 Turkey 28 19 2 2015
 United Kingdom 49 42 14 2015
 United States 47 36 11 2015

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Notes[edit]

References[edit]

  • Brick, Jean (2006). "What is academic culture?". Academic Culture: A Student's Guide to Studying at University. Sydney, N.S.W: National Centre for English Language Teaching and Research. pp. 1–10. ISBN 978-1-74138-135-1. 

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