Spain-2-best-studentsSPAIN’s attempts to attract more foreign students received a boost when it was named second best country in the world for pupils heading abroad.

The inaugural Best Countries rankings from U.S. News & World Report were unveiled at the World Economic Forum at Davos in January.

Spain scored high in culturally accessibility, fun, top-quality universities and cultural attractions, behind only Italy from 60 ranked countries.

“Our Best Countries will help citizens, business leaders and governments evaluate performance in a rapidly changing world,” said Mortimer B. Zuckerman, chairman of U.S. News  & World Report.

The publication, which is highly regarded for its ratings of universities, hospitals and other institutions, surveyed 16,248 people.

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