04 June 2018

An article by Yojana Sharma in University World News discusses a recent report from the Economist Intelligence Unit. The article reports that most countries are failing to prepare for the age of automation powered by robotics, artificial intelligence and information technology. There is a substantial gap between those nations most prepared for the coming upheaval – South Korea, Japan, Singapore, Germany and Canada – and the others.

A substantial part of these rankings is concerned with education. The report analyses 28 indicators of which 13 relate to education policies, divided into 4 categories, basic education, post-compulsory education, continuous education, and learning environments. A total of 25 countries at diverse economic levels are included in the analysis.

The top five counties for education policies are:

  1. South Korea
  2. Estonia
  3. Singapore
  4. Germany
  5. Canada.

The UK and the US are joint 9th, China is 14th and Russia 20th.

The bottom five countries for this indicator are:

21   Saudi Arabia

22= South Africa

22= India

24   Vietnam

25   Indonesia.

South Korea is also well ahead of the field for gross expenditure on research and development as a percentage of GDP. Japan, Germany, the US and France complete the top five. Indonesia, Colombia, Vietnam, Mexico and Argentina constitute the bottom five.

Sources:

University World News

Economist Intelligence Unit

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