WEF ranks KSA 54th out of 140 countries in education quality

WEF ranks KSA 54th out of 140 countries in education quality
Updated 29 October 2015

WEF ranks KSA 54th out of 140 countries in education quality

WEF ranks KSA 54th out of 140 countries in education quality

RIYADH: The World Economic Forum (WEF) has ranked Saudi Arabia 54th in the education quality index out of 140 countries, according to a recent report. Singapore took the first place, followed by Switzerland and Finland. Qatar emerged first among all GCC states with the fourth ranking.
According to the report, the impressive placing of Qatar is due to the fact that the country has invested significant effort in the development of education among its youth, and has introduced branches of major American and Western universities into its own system to improve collaborative capacity.
Commenting on the rankings, a Saudi Islamic scholar and former university professor said the Saudi Arabia’s ranking is not actually that negative in global terms: “The Kingdom is also investing in education and the fact is that Saudi youth are enjoying free education through their government.”
This comment was made in reference to the King Abdullah Scholarship Program under which Saudi students are studying in various universities in countries such as the US, Ireland, Malaysia, Canada, Japan, New Zealand, Britain and France.
In online forums, Saudi youth have thanked the leadership of Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques King Salman and the present and past ministers of education for their efforts in improving the quality of education in the Kingdom.
The WEF ranked a number of other Arab states in its list, including the United Arab Emirates (10th), Lebanon (25th), Bahrain (33rd) and Jordan (45th).
The US is ranked 18th, preceded by Denmark and followed by Sweden, Germany 20th, France 22nd, and Japan 31st, which is followed by Australia.