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Canada is the only nation where more than half of all adults had a tertiary education in 2010. This was up from 40 percent of the adult population in 2000, when the country also ranked as the world’s most educated. Canada has managed to become a world leader in education without being a leader in education spending, which totaled just 6.1 percent of GDP in 2009, or less than the 6.3 percent average for the OECD. A large amount of its spending went towards tertiary education, on which the country spent 2.5 percent of GDP, trailing only the United States and South Korea. One of the few areas Canada did not perform well in was attracting international students, who made up just 6.6 percent of all tertiary students -- lower than the OECD’s 8 percent average.


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