Sunday, April 26, 2009

Poland spends a lot on tertiary education

Figure taken from the Economist's article on the success of the Bologna process aiming to standardize education in the EU. Poland, surprisingly, is ranked among countries spending on tertiary education the most. Promising, I guess (all the usual complaints about the quality of Polish education notwithstanding), particularly as the outcomes of all this spending are pretty good: Poland and other New European countries, especially the Czech Republic and Estonia, score high on OECD PISA rankings, well above what their level of income per capita would suggest. To say it differently, New Europeans get roughly the same educational outcomes despite spending in $ per capita about half as much as developed countries. Quality of education seems to one of the few good legaceis of communism...

Original article here: http://www.economist.com/world/europe/displaystory.cfm?story_id=13527558

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