Israel places 19 out of 48 countries in new world academic ranking system (HAŽARETZ NEWS) By Asaf Shtull-Trauring 05/16/12)
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A new system to rank higher education around the world has placed
Israel in 19th place, out of 48 countries, using a method that looks
at countries in their entirety, rather than individual universities.
An organization called Universitas 21 developed the ranking system,
devised by researchers from the Melbourne Institute of Applied
Economics and Social Research, to identify the countries that
provided the best post-high school education.
The scale looks at the 48 countries through a prism of 20 criteria in
four categories: resources (investment by the government and private
sector in higher education); output (in terms of research and the
supply of an educated workforce in keeping with market needs);
connectivity (international collaboration); and environment
(government policy and regulation, diversity and participation
In one of the criteria - percentage of people in the workforce with
post-high school education - Israel came in third, following Russia
The ten leading countries according to the Universitas 21 scale were
the United States, Sweden, Canada, Finland, Denmark, Switzerland,
Norway, Australia, Holland and Britain.
The United States was first in the number of academic articles
published, while Sweden had the largest number of such articles per
capita, followed by Switzerland, Denmark, Australia, Holland and
Finland´s government spends the largest percentage of its Gross
Domestic Product on higher education, followed by Norway and Denmark.
The 48 countries included in the study were taken from the United
States´ National Science Foundation list of leading countries in the
production of academic articles for 2006-2007. (© Copyright 2012
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