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LONDON – You must be aware of the top-ranked universities across the globe but have you ever wondered which country has the cleverest students.

The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) has tabulated  a list of cleverest students and it must be shocking that Japan tops the list.

According to a survey, the list of cleverest students differs from the list of top ranked universities.

Andreas Schleicher, the OECD’s education director, says the results show ability levels can “vary hugely among people with similar qualifications”. They might all have degrees, but “there are major differences in the quality of higher education”.

“When it comes to advanced literacy skills, you might be better off getting a high school degree in Japan, Finland or the Netherlands than getting a tertiary degree in Italy, Spain or Greece” he added.

The reason behind disparity between top-ranked varsities and cleverest students owes to the fact that rankings compare reputation and staff ratios to research output but they do not compare the ability of students who have been taught in these universities.

Here are the OECD’s top 10 highest performing graduates:

1. Japan

2. Finland

3. Netherlands

4. Australia

5. Norway

6. Belgium

7. New Zealand

8. England

9. United States

10. Czech Republic