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Venezuela Has the World's Fifth Highest University Enrollment

Venezuela has the world’s fifth highest university enrollment, according to figures published by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO). The report also shows that Venezuela surpasses nations like the United States, France, Spain, Italy, Japan and China in university enrollment.

Venezuela’s Minister for Higher Education, Edgar Ramirez, highlighted the statistics on Monday, noting that Venezuela has a university enrollment rate of 83 percent. According to Ramirez, Venezuela is topped only by Cuba (109 percent), South Korea (95 percent), Finland (94 percent), and Greece (91 percent).

\"For the first time in history Venezuela has exceeded countries such as the United States, which recorded an enrollment rate of 82 percent. This is a significant achievement and demonstrates the progress that has been forged in the country in education with the encouragement of the Bolivarian Government,\" stressed Ramirez.

Ramirez noted that among Latin American nations Venezuela is second only to Cuba. That is, the gross enrollment rate university in Venezuela is 2.5 times than the regional average, which merely reaches 34 percent. After Venezuela comes Argentina (67 percent), Uruguay (64 percent) and Chile (52 percent).

\"These achievements demonstrate that the Venezuelan government has fulfilled the promise of guaranteeing the right to study to those who were historically excluded,\" said Ramirez.

He recalled that those enrolled in the higher education subsystem increased by 193 percent between 1999 and 2009, thanks to the policies implemented by the government, which have enabled about 2.5 million students have access to a university-level education.

Venezuelan News Agency, Press- Venezuelan Embassy to the U.S./ September 20, 2010

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