[COUNTRY DETAILS]
population:
3,494,382 population for 2009, according to US Census Bureau
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uruguay

literacy:
97.9% of adults and 98.8% of youth(15-24) are literate.
higher education
general enrollment ratio (GER):
34% are enrolled in higher education.

25% - m
44% - f

GER is the number of pupils enrolled in a given level of education regardless of age expressed as a percentage of the population in the theoretical age group for that level of education.
spending on education:
11.6% of government spending goes to education. Of that 20% goes to higher education.
number of universities/higher education institutions:
14 total institutions including profession and vocational tertiary institutions.

5 out of 14 rank in the top 8,000 universities in the world.
rank:
Universidad de la República** is ranked 572 in the world and 17th in Latin America.
access:
Internet Usage Statistics:
1,340,000 Internet users as of June/2009, 38.3% of the population, according to Grupo Radar.

Internet Broadband Connections:
Uruguay is one of the few countries in the world where broadband access via cable modem is prohibited.
interesting:
  • EduTech, a World Bank Blog on ICT use in education, names eleven countries with ‘good practice’ in e-learning: Chile, Costa Rica, India (Kerala), Jordan, Macedonia, Malaysia, Namibia, Russia, Singapore, South Korea, and Uruguay. by Trucano, M. (2010) ICT & Education: Eleven Countries to Watch — and Learn From EduTech, January 29.
  • Uruguay is the second smallest country in South America, larger only than Suriname.
  • Uruguay is one of the regional leaders in several key indicators, such as adult literacy, teledensity, and Internet penetration.
  • Uruguay's Plan Ceibal- The world's most ambitious roll-out of educational technologies: Following the success of the Ceibal Plan, in which all primary schoolchildren in the country were given their own laptop with Internet access, the government announced it would extend the scheme to secondary education. Organisers of the Ceibal Plan have set up a consultancy in order to advise other countries wishing to replicate the Uruguayan experience.
  • Uruguay’s broadband connections are much slower than the rest of Latin America, with most connections still below 512Kb/s and one of the most expensive in the region.
  • Uruguay had the highest literacy rate in Latin America, at 96 percent in 1985. The quality of education in Uruguay was rated as high.
  • Uruguay is South America's most secular country. It has no official religion and church and state are separate.
sources:
http://stats.uis.unesco.org/unesco/TableViewer/document.aspx?ReportId=121&IF_Language=eng&BR_Country=8580&BR_Region=40520
http://www.virtualcampuses.eu/index.php/Uruguay
http://www.internetworldstats.com/sa/uy.htm
https://www.budde.com.au/Research/Uruguay-Telecoms-Mobile-Broadband-and-Forecasts.html
http://www.webometrics.info/university_by_country.asp?country=uy
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Education_in_Uruguay
http://www.webometrics.info/top100_continent.asp?cont=latin_america
http://www.webometrics.info/rank_by_country.asp?country=uy
http://blogs.worldbank.org/edutech/videos/uruguays-plan-ceibal-the-worlds-most-ambitious-roll-out-of-educational-technologies
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