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United States Ranked To Have Best Higher Education System In The World

Posted: 05/14/2012 9:34 am Updated: 05/14/2012 9:34 am

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The United States has the best higher education system in the world, according to a new list released Friday by university network, Universitas 21.

The group said their researchers looked at the most recent data from 48 countries across 20 different measures, including investment by governments and private sector, research and the production of an educated workforce, international networks and diversity. Population size was accounted for in the calculations, a news release said.

This is the first time Universitas 21 has created these rankings.

The rankings did not factor in affordability or cost of attending college.

Check out the top 16 countries (in order of ranking):

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  • United States

  • Sweden

    Photo <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Sweden.svg" target="_hplink">Credit</a>: (286 B) Anomie

  • Canada

  • Finland

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Finland.svg" target="_hplink">Skopp</a>

  • Denmark

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Denmark.svg" target="_hplink">Madden</a>

  • Switzerland

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Swiss_Flag_on_Hotel_Royal_Saint_Georges.jpg" target="_hplink">Claude Schildknecht</a>

  • Norway

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Norway.svg" target="_hplink">Dbenbenn</a>

  • Australia

  • Netherlands

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_the_Netherlands.svg" target="_hplink">Zscout370</a>

  • United Kingdom

  • Signapore

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NationalDayParade-Esplanade-20070809.jpg" target="_hplink">Loo Beng Chye</a>

  • Austria

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Austria_%28state%29.svg" target="_hplink">Peter Diem</a>

  • Belgium

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Gravensteen_copy.jpg" target="_hplink">Oreo Priest</a>

  • New Zealand

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NZ_flag_Photo.jpghttp://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:NZ_flag_Photo.jpg" target="_hplink">Tākuta / Edward Hyde</a>

  • France

    Photo Credit: <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/File:Drapeau_de_la_France.png" target="_hplink">Wox-globe-trotter</a>

  • Ireland

    Photo Credit:<a href="http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Flag_of_Ireland.svg" target="_hplink"> SKopp</a>

View the complete list here.

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