Latest Report Says, Women Dominate Tertiary Education In Europe

Nearly 2.6 million tertiary students in the European Union were registered in 2021, studying in culture-related fields, constituting 14 per cent of all tertiary students in the bloc.

In these fields, women outnumbered men in tertiary education the same year (64% women, 36% men specifically).

The most recent statistics from the European Office of Eurostat indicate that the following EU nations had the highest proportion of tertiary students enrolled in culturally related educational fields:

Italy – 20 per cent
Sweden- 17 per cent
Estonia- 16 per cent

According to the same source, the majority of students majoring in fields related to culture chose to major in languages and humanities (50%) followed by arts (27%), journalism and information (9%), and town planning and architecture (9%). reports that Eurostat’s most recent report indicated a significant increase in the number of women working in cultural fields in 2021.

“The share of women was markedly higher among those studying journalism and information studies (68 per cent), humanities and languages (67 per cent), and arts (61 per cent). Meanwhile, the gap was less pronounced for those studying architecture and town planning, where 55 per cent of students were female,” the statement reads.

A past report by Eurostat indicated that the number of women in the EU nations with tertiary training flooded by one rate point the year before. Additionally, 42% of individuals completed tertiary education, according to the report.

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Again, the report of Eurostat also noted that in spite of the surge in the number of persons with tertiary education, the EU’s target for this year is yet to be reached by three percentage points after European states aim for a total of 45 per cent of the population in 25 to 34 age group to have tertiary education.

“The gender disparity in tertiary education is clear: among individuals aged 25-34, a higher percentage of women have tertiary education compared with men (48 per cent of women and 37 per cent of men, respectively),” Eurostat explains in a press release.

Regardless of this, some European states managed to achieve the target of 45 per cent of the population with university degrees. Eurostat said that countries with the highest scores regarding population with higher education degrees were Ireland (62.3 per cent of the population aged 25-34 having a university degree), Luxembourg and Lithuania.

However, some other countries, such as Romania, Hungary and Italy, haven’t met the 2030 EU-level target.

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