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OECD Report: Israel 2nd Among Educated Countries

New OECD report places Israel in second place in terms of the number of its academics. No surpise to Jewish mothers.
By Elad Benari
First Publish: 2/2/2012, 3:15 AM

OECD in Jerusalem
OECD in Jerusalem
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Israel is a world leader when it comes to academics, according to a report compiled recently by the Organization for Economic Co-Operation and Development (OECD).

Channel 2 News reported on Wednesday that the OECD report shows that Israel is ranked second among OECD member countries in terms of the number of academics.

45 percent of the Israeli population has a post-secondary education, the report found. Israel’s second place puts it ahead of many Western countries, including Japan, the UK, Finland, New Zealand and even the United States.

The report also states that Israel’s rating is particularly impressive in light of the ongoing budget cuts in higher education between the years 2000 and 2009.

The only country that ranked ahead of Israel is Canada, where 50 percent of the population has a post-secondary education.

Jewish mothers traditionally - and are the butt of many jokes and books because of it - encourage their children to excel in school and go on to study academic professions. Jewish Agency head, Natan Sharansky, speaking at the World Emunah Convention's dinner this week, said that during Communist times, when religious was forbidden, one of the ways Russians could tell a family was Jewish was by its dedication to education.

Israel has been a member of the OECD since 2010. In October of that year, the organization held its bi-annual tourism conference in Jerusalem.