UNESCO: Venezuela has the world's fifth highest university enrollment

Caracas, 21 Sep. AVN .- The Bolivarian government has marked a milestone as it has made Venezuela reach the world"s fifth place in university enrollment according to figures released by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), which shows that the country even exceeds nations such as the United States, France, Spain, Italy, Japan and China.

Such information was provided by the Venezuelan University Education Minister Edgardo Ramírez, who explained that this fifth place represents an enrollment ratio of 83 percent in university education.

Ramírez stated that the world"s first five places are Cuba (109 percent), South Korea (95 percent), Finland (94 percent), Greece (91 percent) and Venezuela (83 percent).

"For the first time in history, Venezuela exceeds, for instance, the United States, whose university enrollment ratio is 82 percent. This is a significant achievement that shows the country"s progress in the education field thanks to the drive of the Bolivarian Government," he stressed.

The Venezuelan university education minister highlighted that Venezuela ranks second among the Latin American countries, only surpassed by Cuba. That is to say, Venezuela"s net university enrollment ratio is 2.5 times higher than the regional average, which reaches 34 percent.

In the region, Cuba is followed by Venezuela (83 percent), Argentina (67 percent), Uruguay (64 percent) and Chile (52 percent).

Finally, the Venezuelan official recalled that enrollment in university education increased by 193 percent between 1999 and 2009 thanks to the policies implemented by the Bolivarian Government, which have allowed nearly 2.5 million students to have access to a quality university education.

Translated by MinCI

21/09/2010 - 10:00 am