New Zealand's education system has been ranked top of the world in "educating for the future".

The new ranking, produced for the first time by the London-based The Economist's Intelligence Unit, measures the extent to which young people in 35 countries learn six kinds of skills that are more about using information than rote-learning.

It says the six key skills needed to "flourish" are:

• Interdisciplinary skills;

• Creative and analytical skills;

• Entrepreneurial skills;

• Leadership skills;

• Digital and technical skills; and

• Global awareness and civic education.

Education in the Nelson-Marlborough region has strong industry collaboration, a curriculum framework that takes into account skills for the future, and high quality of teacher education which give students the tools for a successful future.