72 regions in the EU have exceeded the education target of 45% of people reaching higher education

Europeans seek higher education, as more than 45% of the population in 72 regions of the Union plan to obtain such an education by 2030.

According to the European Statistical Office, Eurostat, the share of people aged 25-34 with tertiary education was below the 45% target in more than two-thirds of all EU regions, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.

Around 22 regions in the EU, with at least 55% of young people aged 25-34, had tertiary education in 2021. These regions included the capitals of Belgium, Spain, Cyprus, Czechia , Sweden, the Netherlands, Hungary, Denmark, Luxembourg, Ireland, Poland, France and Lithuania.

A high proportion of people having attained tertiary education was recorded in several regions specializing in research and innovation activities or in high-tech manufacturing, such as Utrecht in the Netherlands, Southern in Ireland, Pais Vasco in the northern Spain and the province of Walloon Brabant in Belgium.

Regarding the regions with the lowest level of tertiary education, there were a total of 22 regions in the EU, where less than a quarter of people aged 25-34 had obtained a level of higher education. higher education in 2021. Among those regions with the lowest level of higher education, including the French overseas territory of Guyana and the Portuguese autonomous region of the Azores.

“Many were characterized as rural areas that had a relatively large agricultural sector, with a low level of supply of highly skilled jobs. Others were characterized by their relatively high specialization in vocational education programs, with students entering the labor market through apprenticeships and training programs rather than obtaining academic qualifications,” Eurostat explains.

However, the lowest regional levels of tertiary education among 25-34 year olds were recorded in Center (17.5%), South East (15.9%) and South Muntenia (15.3 %), all located in Romania.

Another Eurostat report shows that more EU citizens aged 20-24 have completed an intermediate level of education, showing that the rates increase from 76.8% to 84.6%, recorded from 2002 to 2021.

The same report shows that 95% of Europeans have an intermediate level of education, with three regions in Ireland having higher levels, followed by Greece, Croatia, Czechia, Lithuania, France, Poland, Slovenia and Slovakia.

In addition, there are 23 regions in the EU where three quarters of all young people aged 20-24 have reached middle school in 2021.

Helen D. Jessen