How do you measure the quality of education?

The Swiss-based World Economic Forum produces an annual Global Competitiveness Report, which ranks the competitiveness of all the countries of the world. Around a hundred indicators and figures are used to calculate the ranking, some of them official statistics, others gathered from studies and surveys conducted by the institution itself and other bodies. In this ranking, the educational system is one of twelve pillars of competitiveness, and makes up between 6 and 9 percent of a country’s overall result.

A total of eight factors are measured:

  • Schoolchildren at secondary schools
  • Students at universities
  • Overall quality of the educational system
  • Quality of teaching in math and the sciences
  • Quality of management training
  • Internet access in schools
  • Provision of and facilities for company-based apprenticeships
  • Quality of training staff

The qualitative data is based on the assessments of executives and companies in the respective country. Primary education is not included in this pillar. The World Economic Forum considers it to be a part of a country’s basic infrastructure and it therefore comes under another pillar, where it is evaluated with the health system.


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