From Copenhagen to Singapore
German philosopher Friedrich Nietzsche once said: “All truly great thoughts are conceived while walking.” This might help explain why as a country, Denmark is consistently ranked highly in global indices on education, health care, social mobility and human development.
Its capital Copenhagen is considered one of the most liveable cities in the world, and experts often attribute this to its people-centric urban planning which promotes cycling and walking above all else.
Understanding the success of Singapore’s education system
An OECD survey conducted last year found that Singapore has the smartest students in the world. The country’s 15-year-olds competed with children from 76 countries in tests that measured their abilities in maths and science. The local students proved that the city-state’s education system produces the best results. Andreas Schleicher, head of the OECD’s education assessment program says that when the world’s education ministers meet, “everyone listens very closely” when Singapore’s representative speaks. The standard of education in a country is a “powerful predictor of the wealth that countries will produce in the long run.”