In the Global Talent Competitiveness Index by Insead, Singapore ranked second and South Korea 24th, with China at 40th, making them the notable Asian entries in the study that focuses on countries' ability to develop and attract talent. This 10th edition surveyed 134 countries and found Switzerland, Singapore, and the US in the top three positions, while European nations occupied 17 of the top 25 spots. Japan dropped out of the top 25, replaced by South Korea. Other non-European countries in the top 25 were Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the UAE, and Israel, with the UAE moving up to 22nd. As the top upper-middle-income country for the second consecutive year, China showed progress in talent cultivation, attributed to its universities and lifelong learning, but still needs to improve vocational training and openness to foreigners.
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