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hugjen, Completion rates of students in higher education, graduates, specialist field (for example social studies, law, the humanities), Bachelor's degree, Master's degree, undergraduate studies, postgraduate studies, completion timeTertiary education, Education
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Completion rates of students in higher education

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Key figures

66 %

of new students completed a degree after 8 years

New entrants to higher education and awarded qualification after 8 years. Sex. Numbers and per cent1
TotalMalesFemales
1Students who enrolled in tertiary education for the first time from 1.10.yyyy -1 to 30.09.yyyy.(Example: 2006 is refering to 1.10.2005-30.09.2006)
Academic year and awarded qualification
1998
Total36 41014 79721 613
Doctorates, Ph.D0.20.30.1
Tertiary graduates from programmes longer than 4 years15.319.212.6
Tertiary graduates from programmes lasting 2-4 years45.634.952.9
No awarded qualification39.045.634.4
 
2008
Total43 25317 57325 680
Doctorates, Ph.D0.50.80.3
Tertiary graduates from programmes longer than 4 years24.226.922.4
Tertiary graduates from programmes lasting 2-4 years41.233.046.8
No awarded qualification34.139.330.5

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Table 1 
New entrants to higher education and awarded qualification after 8 years. Parents’ level of education. Numbers and per cent

New entrants to higher education and awarded qualification after 8 years. Parents’ level of education. Numbers and per cent1
Parents' level of education
Asolute figuresPer cent
TotalTertiary education, longTertiary education, shortUpper secondary educationPrimary and lower secondary educationUnknown educationAll education levelsTertiary education, longTertiary education, shortUpper secondary educationPrimary and lower secondary educationUnknown education
1Students who enrolled in tertiary education for the first time from 1.10.yyyy-1 to 30.09.yyyy. (Example: 2006 is refering to 1.10.2005-30.09.2006)
Academic year and awarded qualification
1998
Total36 4104 3999 69917 1883 4571 667100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0
Doctorates, Ph.D728590500.20.20.10.10.03.0
Tertiary graduates from programmes longer than 4 years5 5591 5071 9281 62615933915.334.319.99.54.620.3
Tertiary graduates from programmes lasting 2-4 years16 5951 3494 2568 6861 79251245.630.743.950.551.830.7
No awarded qualification14 1841 5353 5106 8671 50676639.034.936.240.043.646.0
 
2008
Total43 2535 62213 29116 6063 6274 107100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0100.0
Doctorates, Ph.D223125801980.50.20.00.00.04.8
Tertiary graduates from programmes longer than 4 years10 4662 6233 9642 3712771 23124.246.729.814.37.630.0
Tertiary graduates from programmes lasting 2-4 years17 8091 7376 0037 8901 39878141.230.945.247.538.519.0
No awarded qualification14 7551 2503 3196 3371 9521 89734.122.225.038.253.846.2

Table 2 
New entrants to higher education and awarded qualification after 8 years. Age. Numbers and per cent

New entrants to higher education and awarded qualification after 8 years. Age. Numbers and per cent1
Awarded Qualification
Awarded qualification totalDoctorates, Ph.DTertiary graduates from programmes longer than 4 yearsTertiary graduates from programmes lasting 2-4 yearsNo awarded qualificationAwarded qualification totalDoctorates, Ph.DTertiary graduates from programmes longer than 4 yearsTertiary graduates from programmes lasting 2-4 yearsNo awarded qualification
1Students who enrolled in tertiary education for the first time from 1.10.yyyy-1 to 30.09.yyyy. (Example: 2006 is refering to 1.10.2005-30.09.2006)
2Age at the end of the academic year
Academic year and age2
1998
Total36 410725 55916 59514 184100.00.215.345.639.0
0-20 years17 419194 0487 6445 708100.00.123.243.932.8
21-24 years9 88181 0474 6824 144100.00.110.647.441.9
25-29 years3 495182321 6611 584100.00.56.647.545.3
30-39 years3 683211771 8411 644100.00.64.850.044.6
40 years or older1 9326557671 104100.00.32.839.757.1
 
2008
Total43 25322310 46617 80914 755100.00.524.241.234.1
0-20 years21 485237 2079 8654 390100.00.133.545.920.4
21-24 years10 314512 2974 5873 379100.00.522.344.532.8
25-29 years3 463975991 2461 521100.02.817.336.043.9
30-39 years3 814442901 3362 144100.01.27.635.056.2
40 years or older4 1778737753 321100.00.21.718.679.5

Table 3 
New entrants in selected bachelor programmes and awarded qualification after 5 years. Sex and age. Numbers and per cent

New entrants in selected bachelor programmes and awarded qualification after 5 years. Sex and age. Numbers and per cent1
2011-2016
NumbersPer cent
TotalTotalCompleted one of the selected courses of studyNot completed any of the selected courses of study
Completed within 3 years2Completed within 5 years2Still enrolled in one of the selected tertiary programmesAwarded another qualification than the selected courses of studyStill enrolled in other tertiary programme, not included in the selected programmesDropped out within first yearDropped out after the first year or within final year
1Students who enrolled in selected undergraduate courses for the first ime from, 1.10.YYYY-1 -30.09.YYYY
2Calculation of "number of years": -3 years = 40 months, 5 years = 41-64 months
Sex, age and completed cours of study
Both sexes33 9841004918815713
Males14 0271004415916816
Females19 9571005220715610
 
Age
0-20 years14 68710048191017411
21-24 years11 7791005216814613
25-29 years3 17310046177121017
30-39 years2 75510045206021215
40 years or older1 59010045184131415
 
Completed course of study
Bachelor degree, pre-school-/kindergarten teacher training2 1151004927501108
Bachelor degree, Vocational teacher, foundation programme4721006014411811
Bachelor degree, Engineering, foundation programme3 1131005415904612
Bachelor degree, Nursing, foundation programme4 145100552370167
Bachelor degree, Health care, foundation programme ( not nursing)2 051100552181357
Bachelor degree, Health, Welfare and Sport2 895100571961359
Bachelor degree, Humanities and Arts3 34710044131027815
Bachelor degree, teacher training and education, not general teacher training program552100551661677
Bachelor degree, Social Sciences and Law Studies3 8471004816819612
Bachelor degree, Business and Administration subjects7 3331003916926722
Bachelor degree, Natural Sciences/Vocational and Technical subjects2 754100431612110613
Bachelor degree, Primary Industries19110045195-31217
Bachelor degree, Transport and Communication, Safety and Security and Other Services1 077100691530256
Bachelor degree, Unspecified921007125-----

Table 4 
New entrants in general teacher training programme and awarded qualification after 6 years. Sex, educational institution and parents’ level of education. Numbers and per cent

New entrants in general teacher training programme and awarded qualification after 6 years. Sex, educational institution and parents’ level of education. Numbers and per cent1
2010-2016
Absolute figuresPer cent
TotalTotalCompleted within 4 years2Completed within 6 years2Still in the same course of studyAwarded another quali-ficationIn a different course of study in higher education 1.10. last yearDropped out within first yearDropped out after the first year or within final year
1Including students started education for the first time, during the period 1.10.YYYY-1 -30.09.YYYY (Example: 2004 is refering to 1.10.2003-30.09.2004)
2Calculation of "number of years": -4 years = 52 months, 6 years = 53-76 months
3Longer than 4 years.
42-4 years.
Sexes
Both sexes2 5431005212311679
Males705100451031081014
Females1 8381005513212567
 
Educational institution
Finnmark University College521005082108158
Bodø University College901005413447611
Nesna University College341006512003912
Nord-Trøndelag University College66100562029653
Sør-Trøndelag University College3611005812113774
Volda University College76100641617417
Sogn og Fjordane University College791003728356814
Bergen University College332100499318588
Stord/Haugesund University College6010058120221710
University of Stavanger/Stavanger University College15110041113177913
University of Agder/Agder University College20710053115107211
Telemark University College152100382755899
Vestfold University College109100451111351511
Buskerud University College8610053101135710
Hedmark University College143100611336538
Østfold University College9010054102162312
Oslo University College3571005983104610
NLA University College9810037921613814
 
Parents' level of education
Mother or father has long tertiary education32041005212311759
Mother or father has short tertiary education41 0081005312113668
Mother or father has upper secondary education1 16210052133105710
Mother or father has primary and lower secondary education13910047941151211
Not stated3010040773201013

Table 5 
New entrants in selected 5-year master programmes and awarded qualification after 7 years. Sex and age. Numbers and per cent

New entrants in selected 5-year master programmes and awarded qualification after 7 years. Sex and age. Numbers and per cent1
2009-2016
Absolute figuresPer cent
TotalTotalCompleted within 5 years2Completed within 7 years2Still enrolled in one of the selected tertiary programmesGraduated from a tertiary programme lasting 2-4 yearsGraduated from other tertiary programme longer than 4 years, not included in the selected programmesStill enrolled in other tertiary programme, not included in the selected programmesDropped out within first yearDropped out after the first year or within final year
1Including students who started in tertiary education for the first time during the period 1.10.YYYY-1 -30.09.YYYY
2Calculation of 'number of years': -5 years = -64 months, 7 years = 65-88 months
Both sexes4 516100.049.822.95.87.81.34.72.55.4
Males2 186100.049.620.85.98.01.14.93.16.7
Females2 330100.049.925.05.77.61.44.42.04.2
 
Age at start
0-20 years2 316100.047.627.56.28.31.14.50.83.9
21-24 years1 602100.054.220.05.38.11.74.11.94.7
25-29 years356100.049.714.95.94.81.15.67.011.0
30-39 years172100.040.113.45.84.70.09.911.614.5
40 years or older70100.042.94.31.42.90.02.925.720.0
 
Education at end
Master degree, law1 018100.049.326.25.75.20.63.33.36.3
Cand.psychol.-utdanning267100.062.225.14.91.11.52.20.03.0
Master degree, pharmacy128100.065.68.66.35.50.09.41.63.1
Cand.med.vet.-utdanning76100.036.840.83.93.93.93.95.31.3
Master degree, dentistry161100.058.417.43.72.58.78.11.20.0
Business and economics graduate/Master degree, economics and administration140100.052.114.33.615.74.34.32.92.9
Master degree, science and technology1 596100.054.622.75.85.90.93.81.15.3
Master of Science36100.041.78.313.913.92.88.30.011.1
Master degree, humanities/arts41100.053.719.54.94.94.92.42.47.3
Master degree, teacher training and534100.035.018.57.319.70.95.84.38.4
Master degree, social sciences/legal124100.044.417.78.112.10.06.57.34.0
Master degree, natural sciences/365100.035.331.84.79.90.57.94.75.2
Master degree, primary industries22100.072.74.54.54.50.04.50.09.1

Table 6 
New entrants in selected 1 ½- and 2-year master programmes and awarded qualification after 4 years. Sex and age. Numbers and per cent

New entrants in selected 1 ½- and 2-year master programmes and awarded qualification after 4 years. Sex and age. Numbers and per cent1
2012-2016
Absolute figuresPer cent
TotalTotalCompleted within 2 years2Completed within 4 years2Still enrolled in one of the selected tertiary programmesGraduated from other tertiary programme longer than 4 years, not included in the selected programmesStill enrolled in other tertiary programme, not included in the selected programmesDropped out within first yearDropped out after the first year or within final year
1Including students started education for the first time, during the period 1.10.YYYY-1 -30.09.YYYY
2Calculation of 'number of years': -2 years = -28 months, 4 years = 29-52 months.
Sex, age and completed cours
Both sexes12 371100.048.220.46.40.42.38.613.7
Males5 290100.052.217.75.30.32.18.114.2
Females7 081100.045.322.57.20.42.38.913.4
 
age at start
Less than 25 years4 365100.065.816.72.40.52.03.29.5
25-29 years3 587100.050.620.95.90.52.16.613.4
30-39 years2 345100.032.322.210.40.12.915.017.2
40 years or older2 075100.025.425.411.10.02.316.319.4
 
Completed cours
Business and economics graduate/Master degree, economics and administration910100.076.213.41.80.40.73.64.0
Master degree, science and technology778100.064.015.33.20.11.57.38.5
Master of Science1 240100.045.216.02.30.52.43.330.3
Master of Philosophy78100.066.712.85.10.01.36.47.7
Master of Arts7100.071.40.00.014.314.30.00.0
Master of Business Administration223100.010.350.76.30.02.212.617.9
Master of Management374100.092.21.90.00.00.34.80.8
Master of Technology Management6100.083.316.70.00.00.00.00.0
Other master degrees163100.037.412.314.70.04.39.821.5
Master degree, humanities/arts1 595100.046.023.87.30.63.36.812.2
Master degree, teacher training and1 225100.036.026.69.10.02.711.314.3
Master degree, social sciences/legal1 564100.042.821.47.60.82.212.712.5
Master degree, business/administration923100.038.421.59.90.71.611.616.5
Master degree, natural sciences/1 308100.064.117.93.70.21.84.77.6
Master degree, health/welfare/sport1 708100.035.422.810.20.13.011.916.6
Master degree, primary industries54100.066.716.75.60.03.73.73.7
Master degree, transport/ communica-215100.022.830.27.40.51.421.416.3

Table 7 
New entrants in PhD-programmes and awarded qualification after 5 years. Sex, age, and field of education. Numbers and per cent

New entrants in PhD-programmes and awarded qualification after 5 years. Sex, age, and field of education. Numbers and per cent1
2011-2016
TotalPer cent
TotalCompleted within 3 yearsCompleted within 5 yearsStill in the same course of studyDropped out
1New entrants in PhD-programmes during the period 1.10.yyyy-1 - 30.09.yyyy are included.
Sex and age at start
Both sexes
Age at start1 752100.024.129.522.024.4
Less than 30 years732100.026.933.917.521.7
30 years or older1 020100.022.126.425.226.4
 
Males
Age at start884100.029.428.318.823.5
Less than 30 years401100.033.234.714.218.0
30 years or older483100.026.323.022.628.2
 
Females
Age at start868100.018.730.825.225.3
Less than 30 years331100.019.332.921.526.3
30 years or older537100.018.229.427.624.8
 
Sex and age field of education
Both sexes
Fields of education, total1 752100.024.129.522.024.4
Humanities and arts158100.025.327.218.429.1
Education49100.0:32.724.538.8
Social sciences and law214100.015.931.826.226.2
Business and administration42100.09.533.316.740.5
Natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects642100.026.833.318.421.5
Health, welfare and sport630100.026.724.925.722.7
Transport and communications, safety and security and other services15100.0-33.3:60.0
Unspecified field of study:::---
 
Males
Fields of education, total884100.029.428.318.823.5
Humanities and arts82100.030.522.019.528.0
Education17100.0:35.3:47.1
Social sciences and law90100.021.131.120.027.8
Business and administration18100.0:22.216.755.6
Natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects415100.029.634.016.619.8
Health, welfare and sport252100.036.120.222.621.0
Transport and communications, safety and security and other services10100.0-::70.0
Unspecified field of study------
 
Females
Fields of education, total868100.018.730.825.225.3
Humanities and arts76100.019.732.917.130.3
Education32100.0:31.331.334.4
Social sciences and law124100.012.132.330.625.0
Business and administration24100.012.541.716.729.2
Natural sciences, vocational and technical subjects227100.021.632.221.624.7
Health, welfare and sport378100.020.428.027.823.8
Transport and communications, safety and security and other services5100.0-60.0-:
Unspecified field of study:::---

About the statistics

The statistics include all students registered at universities and colleges. Analyses of the completion rates are based on a cohort of new students in a given year and a description of their movements forward through the educational system.

Definitions

Definitions of the main concepts and variables

Enrolled students: Students registered at a Norwegian educational institution.

Completed Education: Educational activities completed with a pass grade.

Calculation of number of years:

1 year = 16 months or less

2 years = 17-28 months

3 years = 29-40 months

4 years = 41-52 months

5 years = 53-64 months

6 years = 65-76 months

7 years = 77-88 months

8 years = 89-100 months

9 years = 101-112 months

10 years = 113-124 months

11 years = 125-136 months

12 years = 137-148 months

13 years = 149 months or more

Highest educational attainment of parents: Parental educational attainment encompasses all of the following levels: (1) Primary and lower secondary education, (2) Upper secondary education, (3) Higher education, short (at least two years but also 4 years or less) and (4) Higher education, long (more than four years).

See also definitions of highest level of education attained.  

Standard classifications

Educational activities are grouped by the Norwegian Standard Classification of Education which was established in 1970 by Statistics Norway and later revised in 1973, 1989 and 2000. Educational institutions are classified as being higher education by the Standard Industrial Classification.

For international puprposes, the ISCED 2011 is used (International Standard Classification of Education).

Administrative information

Name and topic

Name: Completion rates of students in higher education
Topic: Education

Responsible division

Division for Education Statistics

Regional level

Figures are presented at national level and by educational institution. Data includes information that makes it possible to provide figures at other regional Levels.

Frequency and timeliness

Figures are published annually in June.

International reporting

Data is provided for UNESCO, OECD and Eurostat (U-O-E).

Microdata

All education statistics at Statistics Norway are stored in a proper, standardized manner in consultation with the Data Inspectorate.

It is possible to order special tables In addition to the tables that are published by contacting Statistics Norway on telephone +47 62 88 55 00, Division for Education Statistics. The price will depend on the size of the order.

Background

Background and purpose

There is a high demand for the collection of official statistics on education. Official education statistics are individually based and document the educational activities of all Norwegian residents from completion of lower secondary school to completion of all tertiary education including doctoral studies.

Norwegian statistics on education went through a structural reform in the early 1970's. All statistics on higher education were previously available through a census. The data is now individually based, with all educational activities being attached to each individual's Personal ID-number. This individually based data forms the basis for the National Education Database (NUDB). This database enables the production of different kinds of individual-based statistics on education and is important for the production of statistics on the flow of students through the educational system.

The purpose of this statistic is to document the completion rates of students in higher education. The statistics are individually based, reporting each educational activity for each student. Throughput statistics were first published in 2004.

The statistics are financed from State assignments.

Users and applications

Important users of the education statistics include the Ministry of Education and Research, public administration, research institutions, special interest organisations, media, business, industry and international organisations such as Eurostat, OECD and UNESCO.

In addition, data is used internally in Statistics Norway in publications and in assignments.

Equal treatment of users

No external users have access to the statistics and analyses before they are published and accessible simultaneously for all users on ssb.no at 08 am. Prior to this, a minimum of three months' advance notice is given in the Statistics Release Calendar. This is one of Statistics Norway’s key principles for ensuring that all users are treated equally.

Coherence with other statistics

The Norwegian Institute for Studies in Research and Higher Education (NIFU) adjusts a number of statistics on throughput in higher education. These statistics are largely based on data from Statistics Norway.

Legal authority

Statistics Act, sections 2-1, 2-2 and 3-2.

EEA reference

Commission Regulation (EU) No 88/2011 of 2 February 2011 implementing Regulation (EC) No 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning, as regards statistics on education and training systems.

Production

Population

The statistics include all students registered at universities and colleges that are classified by the Standard Industrial Classification as a higher education institution. Analyses of the throughput of students are based on a cohort of new students in a given year and a description of their movements forward through the educational system. Alternatively, a cohort of graduates from a given year is taken and their movements are followed backwards through the educational system.

Data sources and sampling

Student data is collected from the administrative systems of the various higher education institutions. The most common administrative systems are M-STAS (used primarily by university colleges) and FS (used primarily by universities). Higher education institutions not using M-STAS and FS, must use their own administrative systems to create data files in the format specified by Statistics Norway. Data on Norwegian students abroad is obtained from the State Educational Loan Fund. The Health Personnel Register supplements data on health education.

Survey techniques are not employed in these statistics.

Collection of data, editing and estimations

Data collection: Pursuant to the Statistical Act, Statistics Norway collects student data from the Database for Statistics on Higher Education (DBH) and the administrative systems of the various higher education institutions.

Editing: Editing includes both control and revision. Control and revision is performed on all data received from educational institutions. It encompasses deletion of duplicate records, a control for correct and valid values for each variable and checks for missing information. Several variables are re-coded to comply with control programs run by Statistics Norway and personal ID-numbers are referenced against Statistics Norway's population database to check for errors.

Estimation: No estimation is performed. The statistics are based on enumeration of registered students and graduates from higher education.

Seasonal adjustment

Not relevant

Confidentiality

To prevent identification of individuals within the statistics, data is not released where less than three students are contained within a single cell in a table.

Comparability over time and space

Individually based data on competed education has been published annually since it was first collected in the 1973/74 school year. Most variables are comparable, but some have changed. The revised Norwegian Standard Classification of Education recoded education courses to enable comparison of newer and older data. While education courses are reasonably comparable over time, other variables are not (e.g. coding of institution types).

Statistics on the completion rates of students was published for the first time in 2004. A reform was taken into action in 2003. The main effect of this reform was to introduce Bachelor and Masters Degrees, thereby reducing the duration of undergraduate degrees in Norway from four to three years, and postgraduate degrees from six to five years. Completion rates of students statistics will not be entirely comparable during the period of transition to the new degree structure.

Accuracy and reliability

Sources of error and uncertainty

Educational statistics comprise of data collected from the administrative systems of the various higher education institutions. Errors in the data can occur upon registration at the higher education institutions, or during the control and revision processes performed by Statistics Norway. It is difficult to know the extent of the errors made in the registers. A person may be wrongly registered as being a student. Overestimation of student numbers is common for universities where registration occurs with payment of registration fees rather than enrolment in subjects. It is difficult to estimate the extent of over-registration of students.

Underreporting of completed education in the academic years 2004/05 and 2005/06, were mainly a problem with Cand.Mag. degrees (Bachelor of Social Science) as they did not have a set curriculum. These degrees were often registered as completed once the diploma was issued rather than when the degree was actually completed. This time difference could lead to underreporting of graduates by actual academic year. These students (graduations) will therefore be reported in the throughput statistics as taking one year longer than they actually did to complete their degree.

Completion rates of students in higher education is defined as the number of years from first time registration in a higher education institution until graduation. The statistics are not readjusted if a student changes to a new degree. According to this definition, very few students who switch degrees underway will be able to finish within the expected timeframe. Deferment and part-time studying are not accounted for either.

Revision

See general principles for revisions in Statistics Norway.

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