Graduate numbers grow in 2016-2017 academic year

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The number of tertiary-level graduates increased by 11.4% to 4,580 during the academic year 2016-2017 over the previous academic year, according to the latest figures published by the National Statistics Office (NSO).

The largest share of tertiary graduates (54.7%) received a first-degree qualification at the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) level 6 — Bachelor’s degree or equivalent level. In addition, 1,300 graduates completed their qualification at ISCED level 7 — Master’s or equivalent.

Numbers of graduates grew by 5.7% to 720 in ISCED level 5 — Short cycle tertiary education — and by 45.9% to 54 in ISCED level 8 — Doctoral or equivalent —, compared to the previous academic year.

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Women (2,513) outnumbered men (2,067) at all levels of tertiary education.

The majority of tertiary-level graduates were aged between 20-24 (66%), followed by those within the 25-29 age bracket.

During the academic year 2016-2017, 78.2% of graduates were enrolled on a full-time basis education while those graduating from a part-time course increased by 15.1% over the previous academic year. Of these students, 46% attained a master’s degree or an equivalent qualification.

Furthermore, foreign graduates totalled 343, equivalent to 7.5% of total tertiary-level graduates, with the majority being non-EU nationals.

In addition, business, administration and law was the most popular field of study among graduates, accounting for 31.7% of all tertiary-level graduates. It was followed by graduates in health and welfare, as well as arts and humanities.

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The full report with charts and tables available for download at the NSO website.