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10 Most Educated Countries in Asia

Education has a lot of value in today’s society, which is partially why we created this list of the most educated countries in Asia.

George Washington Carver once said that “education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.” Education is extremely important as the world moves forward at a tremendous pace. To keep up with this high rate of progress, one must attain higher education. The rate of literacy isn’t necessarily the standard for defining a country’s level of education, so instead we’re going to take a look at the tertiary level of education to gauge the overall education. We’ll explain that in more detail in a bit.

Asia is the largest continent in the world, consisting of 48 countries and has more than half of the world’s population. That being said, the continent as a whole doesn’t have very many developed countries in comparison to the western world. However, most of the world’s oil is produced in Asia, so it’s a very important continent. That isn’t our topic today, though, as we’re mainly going to focus on education. Many Asian countries have made their intellectual mark. Countries like China and Japan are leading the world in industry and technology, in addition to Singapore, India, and Malaysia, which have also rapidly gained world attention in economic development. Education is much cheaper in Asia than in Europe or America, but it seems like a lot of people are still reluctant to get a higher education. You can check out the 14 Most Educated Countries in the World for contrast.

This list isn’t arbitrary by any means and we did a lot of digging online to put it together. Because literacy is a vague term, it can’t truly identify most educated countries in Asia. Therefore, we opted to look at the GER (Gross Enrollment Ratio) for the tertiary level of education. The GER essentially represents the total enrollment o students in a specific education level. If we take a look at the tertiary level of education’s GER percentage for both sexes, we can pretty accurately see how well educated a certain country is. Unfortunately, for most Asian countries we could only find data up to 2013; therefore, this is what we will base our rankings on. We found this data from World Bank, Unesco, and Knoema. Keep reading to learn about the most educated countries in Asia: