Higher education has a strong sense of hierarchy.
And high-profile international league tables are a very public form of this pecking order.
While these might measure a whole range of factors – from reputation and staff ratios to research output – what they do not compare is the ability of students who have been taught in these universities.
But the OECD, in its annual Education at a Glance, has published test results comparing the ability of graduates in different countries.
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