Post-secondary and tertiary enrolments increase by 4.1%

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Data published by the National Statistics Office, NSO, shows that student enrolments in post-secondary and tertiary institutions during the academic year 2017-2018 have increased by 4.1% over the previous academic year, totalling to 25,628 enrolments.

Post-secondary enrolments

According to statistics published by the National Statistics Office, NSO, post-secondary students enrolled in Sixth Forms and other post-secondary institutions totalled 10,408 during the academic year 2017-2018. This means an increase of 2.1% over the previous academic year.

85.4% of these students were aged between 15 and 19.

Statistics show that foreign students enrolled in such institutions amounted to 1,050, accounting for 10.1% of the total students enrolled at post-secondary level.

The vast majority of enrolments, 85.3%, at this level were in state-run institutions. Those enrolled in vocational institutions accounted for 50.7% of total students at post-secondary level.

The most popular field of study among vocational students was services 21.8% followed by health and welfare 18.7% and engineering, manufacturing and construction at 16.1%.

Tertiary education enrolments

The statistics published on Friday by NSO also show the number of students enrolled in tertiary level courses. 15,220 enrolled during academic year 2017-2018. This is an increase of 5.5% when compared to academic year 2016-2017.

The statistics show that 55.9% of the total students enrolled in tertiary level courses were females.

The number of students at this level who were studying on a full-time basis amounted to 10,825, or 71.1% of the total.

Data shows that part-time enrolments showed an increase of 14.9% over the previous academic year.

The largest proportion of tertiary students, 56.2% were engaged in courses at ISCED level 6 (Bachelor’s or equivalent), followed by enrolments at ISCED level 7 (Master’s or equivalent) with 29.3%.

Most tertiary students were aged between 20 and 24, followed by those under 20 years of age.

According to NSO, during the academic year 2017-2018, foreign students totalled 1,623, accounting for 10.7% of all tertiary level enrolments.

At tertiary level the education field was highly dominated by females whereas the information and communication technologies had a very high male participation.

The most popular fields of study were business, administration and law with 4,107 students and health and welfare with 3,147 students.

The least popular field of study at the tertiary level was agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary.