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In Australia, the proportion of young adults who entered academic tertiary programmes (tertiary-type A) increased by more than 40 percentage points between 2000 and 2012. On average across all OECD countries with comparable data, the increase in entry rates was only 10 percentage points between 2000 and 2012.
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The proportion of tertiary-educated adults in Japan increased from 34% to 47% between 2000 and 2012 and is now the third largest proportion among OECD countries
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Canada has a highly educated population, due in large part to high attainment rates at the college level In 2012, 53% of Canadian adults held a tertiary qualification, the highest share among OECD countries (OECD average: 32%).
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More people in the United Kingdom pursue a university-level education than end their education at upper secondary school.
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Public investment in education has sharply increased since 2000 and is now one of the highest among OECD and partner countries. In 2011, the Brazilian government spent 19% of its total expenditure on education, which is well above the OECD average of 13%, and is the fourth highest among all OECD and partner countries with available data.
Education at a Glance 2014: Highlights summarises the OECD’s flagship compendium of education statistics, Education at a Glance. It provides easily accessible data on key topics in education today, including:
• Education levels and student numbers: How far have adults studied, and how does early childhood education affect student performance later on?
• Higher education and work: How many young people graduate from tertiary education, and how easily do they enter the world of work?
• Economic and social benefits of education: How does education affect people’s job prospects, and what is its impact on incomes?
• Paying for education: What share of public spending goes on education, and what is the role of private spending?
• The school environment: How many hours do teachers work, and how does class size vary?
Each indicator is presented on a two-page spread. The left-hand page explains the significance of the indicator, discusses the main findings, examines key trends and provides readers with a roadmap for finding out more in the OECD education databases and in other OECD education publications. The right-hand page contains clearly presented charts and tables, accompanied by dynamic hyperlinks (StatLinks) that direct readers to the corresponding data in Excel™ format.
Country notes with main key findings of the book and key fact tables: a customised snapshot of a country's educational environment, highlighting the most important issues in the educational landscape.
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A promising outlook: as of 2012, 93% of young people in Ireland were expected to graduate from upper secondary education in their lifetimes.
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Denmark continues to be the OECD country that invests the greatest share of its wealth in education. As in 2010, in 2011 Denmark was the OECD country that spent the largest share of its wealth on education with a total expenditure on educational institutions of 7.9% of its GDP
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In 2012, 91% of 3-4 year-olds in New Zealand were enrolled in early childhood education, well above the OECD average of 76%.