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27 October 2020

Share of graduates in science and technology in higher education compared internationally

For a number of countries, the indicator shows the relative number of graduates and PhDs in science and technology, as the share of 1000 people in the 20-29 age group.

Analysis

Ireland has the largest number of graduates and doctorate holders in science and technology per 1000 people in the 20-29 age group: 35 out of 1000 people are graduated or hold a doctorate in science or technology. The Netherlands is almost at the bottom of the list of reference countries. Only Luxembourg has fewer graduates and doctorate holders in science or technology per 1000 people. If we look at the numbers divided between men and women, we see that in both cases the Netherlands is almost at the bottom of the list of reference countries.

The totals are based on the numbers of Short-cycle, Bachelor and Master graduates and doctorate holders. When looking at these separate groups (Short-cycle combined with Bachelor graduates), the Netherlands is for these seperate groups also low on the list of reference countries. Even when all countries Eurostat has data on (37) are considered, the Netherlands scores low. Only Hungary, Malta, North Macedonia, Liechtenstein, Cyprus and Luxembourg score below the Netherlands.

For an explanation of the used definitions and acronyms we kindly refer to the web page Definitions for Science in Figures.