Almost half of the world’s leaders have a social science degree

3 June 2015

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A study of the world’s leaders has found that almost half have a social science degree.

The British Council, in partnership with Ipsos Public Affairs, conducted a study of the educational backgrounds of 1,700 people in 30 countries.

It found that 44 per cent had a social sciences degree, and 11 per cent a humanities degree. Those in government jobs were more likely to have studied social sciences, while those in non-profits favoured the humanities, the article states.

A summary of the research (pdf)

An infographic of the research (pdf)

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