Swedish education level slips in global ranking

Swedish education level slips in global ranking
Sweden is set to slide down the scale in a new global comparison of education achievement, said a report published by the Swedish National Agency for Higher Education (Högskoleverket) on Monday.

Sweden has long enjoyed a high proportion of well-educated citizens, placing it in the spotlight in comparison with other countries.

The proportion of well-educated Swedes peaked in the past two years, keeping it high up in international comparisons.

However, this balance is set to shift in the coming years.

“Sweden has a really good starting position when compared with young people’s education levels in different countries,” agency head Lars Haikola said in a statement on Monday.

“The proportion of people with higher education has risen more in Sweden than the OECD average, but now we’re seeing signs that the development is levelling off.”

The agency said the trend could accelerate further because the addition of new colleges to the Swedish higher eduction system has halted.

While Sweden remains stagnant, the report on Monday sounds the warning bell that other countries are catching up.

The Swedish National Agency for Higher Education recently looked at how to balance the future needs of the Swedish labour market with new graduates.

“We risk lacking certain skills and having competence surpluses elsewhere,” Haikola said.

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