UK and USA both falling down graduate league

07 Sep 2010

 Just as the OECD figures confirm that the UK is falling down the international league table for the proportion of young people graduating from university, a similar pattern is causing concern in the USA

Britain has fallen from 3rd to 15th in the OECD table between 2000 and 2008.,  

Over much the same time, the USA has fallen from 1st to 12th in terms of the proportion of young adults with degrees.

President Obama has set a target of returning to number one position by 2020 - a target reaffirmed in a speech recently by his Education Secretary, Arne Duncan.

Will David Cameron's government set a similarly ambitious target -- or is it content to led us slide down the international higher education table?


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