Tertiary education levels rising
AUSTRALIA was ranked 10th among 41 of the globe's most developed nations for tertiary education graduates in the latest OECD education indicators figures released on Wednesday.
The figures show the island nation has maintained its high level of university graduates, with 38% of all 25-64 year olds completing tertiary studies in 2010.
It also reveals tertiary education continues to rise in younger Australians; with nearly 45% of men and women aged 25 to 34 attaining tertiary education in 2010.
But for upward mobility, when students from lower socio-economic backgrounds complete tertiary studies, Australia is second only to Luxembourg, with as many as 41% of 25-34 year-olds with disadvantaged backgrounds completing university by 2010.
School Education Minister Peter Garrett said while the data showed Australia was doing well in some areas, "we still have a lot of work to do to reach our goal of being in the top five countries in the world in maths, English and science by 2025".