Graduates under 25 years complete most of the graduations on short and medium tertiary level

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In the academic year 2016-2017, 56 per cent of the short and medium tertiary graduations where completed by 19-24 year-old graduates. This indicates an increase of almost 10 per cent over the last 10 years.

There were approximately 24 100 short and medium tertiary graduations in the academic year 2006-2007. Among these, 46 per cent were completed by graduates aged 19-24 years, and a further 26 per cent were completed by graduates aged 25-29 years. In 2016-2017, the number of graduations has increased to nearly 34 200, and 56 per cent were completed by the youngest age group. A further 24 per cent were completed by 25-29 year-olds. Thus the youngest students now complete approximately 80 per cent of the graduations at this level.

Figure 1. Age distribution of students who graduated from a short or medium tertiary education

50 years or older 40-49 years 30-39 years 19-29 years
2006-2007 1.9 9.0 17.1 72.1
2007-2008 1.8 8.3 16.4 73.5
2008-2009 1.7 7.9 15.6 74.8
2009-2010 1.9 7.7 14.7 75.7
2010-2011 1.8 7.5 14.5 76.3
2011-2012 2.2 7.5 13.8 76.5
2012-2013 1.8 7.2 14.0 76.9
2013-2014 1.7 6.9 13.3 78.1
2014-2015 1.7 6.4 13.4 78.5
2015-2016 1.5 5.8 13.0 79.7
2016-2017 1.6 5.6 12.4 80.5

Women complete the most; regardless of age

The gender distribution for 2016-2017 graduations shows that women have completed over 60 per cent of the short and medium tertiary graduations in all the four age groups 19-29 years, 30-39 years, 40-49 years and 50 years and older. This gender distribution has been quite stable for the past ten years. In 2016-2017, we find the greatest differences between the shares among the graduates in their forties; in this group, women completed nearly 68 per cent of the graduations.

Figure 2. Graduations from short and medium teritiary education, percentage by sex and age group. 2016-2017

19-29 years 30-39 years 40-49 years 50 years or older
Men 38.7 38.7 32.5 36.5
Women 61.3 61.3 67.5 63.5