College rankings: Which countries have the best education systems?

A new higher education ranking focuses on evaluating quality by countries as a whole, rather than specific academic institutions. Here are some of the findings:

No. 2 Sweden

Sweden was ranked second “best” worldwide for its higher education system. Similar to other Nordic countries included in the ranking, Sweden has close to one “world class university” for roughly every million people residing there. Along with Denmark and Switzerland, Sweden makes some of the largest expenditures on research and development in higher education, which no doubt contributes to its high position among the pack.
Sweden ranked third in terms of resources, behind Canada and Denmark; 10th for environment, just behind Bulgaria; 10th for connectivity, just edging out Ireland; and fifth for output, wedged between Finland and Denmark.

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