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Latin American Education: Uruguay Best

The first Latin Education Index shows the best and worst countries.
Uruguay, here represented by the Law faculty at the Universidad de la República, tops the Latin Education Index. (Photo: Universidad de la República)
Haiti, here represented by capital Port-au-Prince, comes in last on the Latin Education Index. (Photo: US Government)



Companies throughout Latin America frequently complain about education as a key challenge. But how does each country compare? And how does Latin America compare with the rest of the world?


The first Latin Education Index from Latin Business Chronicle provides a key benchmark.

It is based on the following five criteria using data from the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization and the World Economic Forum:

  • Quality of primary education.
  • Mean years of schooling.
  • Expected years of schooling. 
  • Combined gross enrollment ratio in education.
  • Adult literacy rate.

A common standard for comparing education internationally – the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) from the OECD – has not been included as it only includes eight Latin American countries.

Meanwhile, Cuba is not included due to no data on one of the five criteria (quality). However, it excels in the other four categories, according to UNESCO data. 

Uruguay came out on top on the Latin Education Index, thanks to ...

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Keywords: Argentina, Brazil, China, Costa Rica, Ecuador, Guatemala, Haiti, India, Mexico, Norway, Panama, Peru, Russia, United States, Uruguay


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