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Education: Degrees of difference

Degree-level education is rare in many nations, says report.

Fewer than one-quarter of people aged 25–64 in the 34 member nations of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) earned a degree in 2012, finds an OECD report. Education at a Glance 2014: OECD Indicators examined education attained by adults in Europe, North America, South America and Asia. The report found that at least one-third of adults aged 25–64 in the United States, Norway and Israel had earned a degree. Chile and Austria had the lowest rates at 12% and 13%, respectively. Other nations fell between these rates. The average age for completing a doctoral research programme across the member nations was 35. Korea reported the oldest age of 40; Germany the youngest at 31.

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Education: Degrees of difference. Nature 513, 451 (2014).

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