Canada lags in graduating PhDs: However Conference Board of Canada’s annual report card awards an ‘A’ for overall education

By Anna Mehler Paperny

Excerpt from: The Globe and Mail Wednesday, Jan. 06, 2010

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Canada shines when it comes to educating youngsters. If only it could compete with its peers in higher education. For the 10th year running, the Conference Board of Canada gave Canada a D grade for educating and graduating PhD students: Canada ranked last of 17 “peer countries” reviewed in the board’s annual report card.

Canada was one of several countries to get a D, but it ranked the lowest out of all of them: It saw 209 people complete PhDs out of every 100,000 between the ages of 25 and 29 – below the United States, at 289 people, France at 259 and Japan at 210 …

In other areas Canada performed well: It improved its overall “education and skills” performance to an A from a B last year. Canada came second only to the United States in high-school completion, and was ranked first out of all 17 countries for college graduates.

But when it comes to higher education, Canada is falling behind: It ranked fifth out of 17 for university graduation, and dead last in churning out doctoral students.

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