Country reaps rewards of higher education investment

Over the past decade, the government of Ecuador has spent a total of US$13.9 billion on higher learning – 2% of the country's gross domestic product, reports TeleSUR.

Secretary of Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation René Ramírez stated that as a result of the investment, enrolment increased from 28% to 41% between 2006 and 2016. He also added that the number of students who continued their studies rose to 87% from 48% over a four-year period; nine out of 10 students who started their studies in 2015 continued in 2016.

Ramírez said that the country had recovered its culture of excellence and quality within the university system, “to have gone from about 30% of teachers from level 4 to more than 80%, to be a country that multiplies by six its scientific production, being the country that grows the most in publications in indexed journals and accounts for quality,” he said.
Full report on the TeleSUR site