9.5% decrease in tertiary-level graduates


Tertiary-level graduates totalled 4,146 during the academic year 2017-2018, equivalent to a decrease of 9.5% over the previous academic year.

This data was published by the National Statistics Office, NSO which gives an overview of the graduate students during the academic year 2017-2018

For the academic year 2017-2018 the largest share of tertiary graduates, 57.5%,  attained the first-degree qualification at ISCED level 6, Bachelor’s or equivalent.

This was followed by 32.1% t of total graduates who attained their qualification at ISCED Level 7 which is Master’s or equivalent. The majority of tertiary graduates, 55.7% were females, surpassing males in all levels of tertiary education.

According to the published data, most tertiary-level graduates were aged between 20-24, 64.7%, followed by those within the 25-29 age bracket. During the academic year 2017-2018, 76.0% of graduates were enrolled on a full-time basis. Foreign graduates totalled 377, equivalent to 9.1% of total tertiary-level graduates, with the majority being non-EU nationals.

The ‘Business, administration and law’ field of study was the most popular amongst graduates in the academic year 2017-2018, accounting for 31.3% of all tertiary-level graduates, followed by graduates in the ‘Health and Welfare’ field of study. ‘Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary’ was the least popular field of study among tertiary graduates.