Portugal is ranked 24th in the new ranking coordinated by the University of Minho (UMinho), which evaluates the quality of 110 countries, ranking Switzerland first and Mozambique the last, the academy revealed today.
UMinho explains that the ‘World State of Quality’ (WSQ) came about following a pilot project drawn up three years ago from the 28 countries of the European Union and “should be considered as a tool to identify areas of improvement, helping governments and organizations to formulate policies and strategies that can raise the quality of countries and therefore the well-being of people. ”
The new ‘ranking’ evaluates the quality of 110 countries in several domains, with the evaluation of the unemployment rate, happiness, innovation, ease of doing business, ecological footprint, environmental income distribution, Gross Domestic Product, competitiveness, infant mortality, average life expectancy, education, as well as the number of universities in international rankings, quality articles published in reputable journals, IS0 9001 certified organizations and members of the International Academy for Quality (IAQ).
The 110 countries were divided into five groups: leaders, followers, moderates, modest laggers and beginners.
Switzerland leads this first edition with emphasis on the competitiveness and innovation indicators, with the leading quality group Norway also ranked as the happiest country in the world, Sweden, with the largest number of universities in the ranking of Shanghai per capita, Denmark, where it is easier to create and develop a company, followed by the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, Germany, Austria, Finland, Ireland and Australia.
“These results confirm the trajectory of Switzerland and the countries of Northern Europe in terms of quality,” says the project coordinator, in appearance with Pedro Saraiva, of the University of Coimbra, Paulo Sampaio.
UMinho also highlights the departure of Japan (12th), Canada (14th) and USA (15th) from a leading position, only appearing in the second highest scoring group (followers).
Portugal also appears in the group of followers: “In specific terms [Portugal] is the 5th country that counts more IAQ members per inhabitant, the 9th with the highest number of organizations with per capita quality certification, the 14th with the lowest rate of infant mortality and 16th with the longest life expectancy, with more universities per capita in international rankings and with more articles on quality published in reputable journals, “the study concluded.
The data also show that there are 27 countries in the world with greater capacity for employability than Portugal, 40 whose quality of education is higher and where there is more equality in the distribution of income.
In the index of happiness, the Portuguese appear in position 65º, long after Brazil (19th), Spain (28th) and Russia (37th).
“We have achieved a good overall performance, with very positive results at universities, research and the average life expectancy. But there is always room for improvement, especially in education, employment and quality of life in cities. continue the work that is being done in these areas, ” says Paulo Sampaio.
African countries have the worst results, with Mali, Côte d’Ivoire, Lesotho, Guinea and Mozambique at the top of the list.
“The most developed countries tend to be at the top of the table, Africa is taking the first steps in the area of quality, for example, in Angola the first association in this field is being created. for more than 50 years, ” contextualizes the academic.