German online teaching platform TutorSpace has researched the smartest countries in Europe based on a selection of indicators. Switzerland appears to be the winner.
Belgium ranks seventh in the rankings, just after Sweden and before the Netherlands and other neighboring countries. View rankings below this article.
What does the ranking depend on?
The TutorSpace ranking was based on seventeen indicators related to intelligence and development, divided into four categories: quality and access to education, higher education and research, literacy, digital literacy, and government investment.
Each of the 44 countries examined received a score out of 100 in each of these four categories, and then received an overall score out of 100.
Switzerland emerged as the winner, scoring 81.1 out of 100. The Swiss scored over 75 percent in each category, and are second only to Estonia in education quality and access (85%).
After Switzerland, the five Nordic countries come in order, after Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway and Sweden. So they occupy half of the top ten. The Danes, Icelanders and Norwegians excel in (digital) literacy, while the Finns score best in quality and accessibility of education, and the Swedes in public investments.
Belgium is still ahead of neighboring countries
After the Nordic countries, Belgium comes in seventh place, with a score of 69.12 out of 100. Our country scores the worst in higher education and research in the TutorSpace study, driven by the fact that we have only two universities in the top 100 universities in the world. You have: UGent and KU Leuven.
It is striking that Belgium is ahead of all its neighboring countries. The Netherlands ranks eighth with a rate of 68.97%, and the United Kingdom (67.83%) rounds out the top ten, followed by Germany in eleventh place with a rate of 64.84%, and Luxembourg in fifteenth place with a rate of 60.06%. France does not make it into the top 15.
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