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2021-12-25 22:39:07

TOP-20 best educational systems in the world

TOP-20 best educational systems in the world

People have always aspired to education, and higher education in general was an indicator of prestige, opened up new opportunities for its owners, gave individuality and allowed them to act in the public interest with maximum efficiency.

It is only through education that economic growth and the current level of social development have in principle become possible. Aware of this, governments around the world began to make efforts to give an opportunity to get a quality education not only to their fellow citizens, but also to students from other countries. In this publication, we will cover several national education systems, introducing you to the strengths of each.


The country occupies a leading position in modern education, attracting the best teachers with world fame in various fields. America boasts more Nobel laureates than anywhere else, as well as a million international students annually.

The most popular areas among students are art and jurisprudence, economics and engineering sciences, computer technology.

Separately, research-oriented programs for graduate and doctoral students should be highlighted, for example, STEM courses. Coupled with grants and scholarships for training, a chic technological base and such brilliant institutions as Harvard, Yale, New York and Chicago Technological Universities, the American system can rightfully claim to be the best education system in the world.

United Kingdom

About half a million foreigners study in the UK, it is the second largest market for cross-border education. Historically, it was one of the centers of science and education, so the local system is a synthesis of traditions and rich culture with modern knowledge and competencies. According to the QS rankings, 18 of the top hundred universities are located in the UK.


Known for its diverse culture, modest tuition fees, and low cost of living, Canada attracts hundreds of thousands of students. Local universities regularly rank high in the rankings of the best universities according to QS and times, offering a variety of degrees, numerous short-term courses and summer schools in hundreds of different disciplines.


If you don't speak English, Germany will be a good place for you to get a higher education. The country, still home to a number of leading auto brands - Audi, BMW, Volkswagen, has a high-class engineering school. Good indicators are demonstrated by the faculties of industrial design, MBBS and others.

International students are provided with many benefits and scholarships, which invariably attracts applicants from all over the world, making Germany one of the best countries with an original and effective education system in the world.


The state ranks sixth in the world in terms of territory and is known for excellent career opportunities and excellent, high-quality higher education.  Offering a variety of courses in areas such as engineering, administration, architecture, media, business, communication and the arts, Australia rightfully occupies a worthy place in the lists of popular destinations for study abroad.

7 local universities are in the top 100 of the QS ranking in 2021, which allows us to rank the Australian system among the best in the world without a shadow of a doubt. An additional positive point should be considered the research centers of Australian universities, located in a number of countries in Southeast Asia, the Near and Middle East, Africa and Europe.


The officially registered adult literacy rate in Denmark exceeds 99%. This is just one of the reasons why the Danish system should be considered one of the best in the world. Here are a few more:

  • All education in the country, from primary to higher, is completely free;
  • Up to 16 years of age, education in schools is compulsory, as in Germany;
  • Children receive textbooks and all necessary manuals free of charge.

This is one of the best countries for study abroad, attracting many students from all over the world.


The Finnish system is also recognized in the world, moreover, it is considered one of the best. The secret is the careful and scrupulous development of a system that is not inferior to others, free training from primary to higher, gradual phased reform and restructuring, renewal, modernization.

The quintessence of Finnish education is the inculcation of additional life skills in students. In the case of higher education, this means being able to choose between traditional research universities with a rich theoretical programme or applied universities offering industry and study programmes based on the latest developments in science and technology.


Thanks to its excellent quality and top rankings of world-class universities, the Dutch education system is recognized as one of the best education systems in the world. Its universities are famous for their thoughtful and modern curriculum and high-end equipment, chic laboratories and excellent libraries.

The educational method is based on cooperation and collaboration, the country appreciates strong personal relationships between teachers and students. A large number of practical elements are included in the curriculum. In addition, it is the first non-English-speaking country where courses in English have been developed in order to attract foreign students.


The highest level of enrolment of children in the education system from a very early age is the determining factor that made it possible to place France in a high place in this list. Traditionally, the French system is considered one of the best, and moreover - very successful. The French were revolutionaries in the education system, one of the first to divide it into three levels: primary, secondary and higher. Most of the primary and secondary educational institutions, as well as a significant number of colleges, are deprived of autonomy and are under strict state control.

For children aged 6-16 years, education is not only a right, but also a duty, and this is enshrined at the constitutional level.


Like other Nordic countries, Sweden keeps up with the times and deservedly ranks among the top ten countries with modern education systems.

How can a small peripheral country like Sweden create and effectively develop a world-class system? It's simple: faith in academic achievement, training and quality education without regard to grades. Plus, the Swedes attach great importance to the development of team play skills, which allows students to get everything they need for a successful career. Research at Swedish universities has consistently contributed to the emergence of the greatest inventions, such as Bluetooth and pacemakers (not to mention Skype and Spotify).

The story came to its logical conclusion. Summing up, we present a list of twenty countries on the quality of the educational systems:

  1. United Kingdom
  2. United States of America
  3. Australia
  4. Netherlands
  5. Sweden
  6. France
  7. Denmark
  8. Canada
  9. Germany
  10. Switzerland
  11. Japan
  12. Israel
  13. Finland
  14. Taiwan
  15. Singapore
  16. Slovenia
  17. South Korea
  18. Norway
  19. Belgium
  20. United Arab Emirates.
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Egor Eremeev
Current material has been prepared by Egor Eremeev
Education: Westminster University (Business & Management), London.
Egor studied and lived in the UK for 8 years and graduated from the university of Westminster. He is currently the co-founder and the director of business development at Smapse Education and personally visits foreign schools and universities, interviews students studying in those institutions.
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