Education Report Roundup

Developing Nations Seen Catching Up

By Vaishali Honawar — November 08, 2005 1 min read

Read a summary of the Conference Board’s analysis of college graduates in developing countries.

The number of college graduates in developing countries is catching up with that of developed nations, which have long been the leaders in higher education, concludes an analysis from a business-research group.

The New York City-based Conference Board found that in countries classified as less developed by the United Nations—including Afghanistan, Angola, Bangladesh, Cambodia, Guinea, Haiti, Samoa, Senegal, and Yemen—access rates to primary and secondary education are rapidly approaching advanced country standards.

The report says that while those education trends bode well for development in such countries, workers in advanced countries today are going to face an exponential increase in competition from the “unleashing of this new economic energy.”

A version of this article appeared in the November 09, 2005 edition of Education Week