Almost half of the Swiss population attended higher education in 2021

About 45% of the Swiss population was in higher education in 2021, which shows a relatively high rate of interest in education.

However, as revealed by the Federal Statistical Office (FSO), this number is around 17% lower than 2016 levels, and the main factor in this drop can be attributed to the COVID-19 pandemic, reports SchengenVisaInfo .com.

In 2016, the number of people attending institutions of higher or tertiary education is mainly related to professional reasons.

Participation depends on labor market status and level of education, among other factors.

Recently, the European Statistical Office, Eurostat, revealed its target that 45% of Europe’s young adult population hold a higher education qualification. These rates are currently set at 41%, with the leading countries being Luxembourg and Ireland, which respectively have 62.6% and 61.7% of their population with a higher education qualification.

In addition, the percentage of the population of young adults aged 25-34 with a higher education qualification in the EU is relatively high in Cyprus, with 58.3% of the population holding such a level of education. ‘education.

The other countries to follow are Slovakia (39.5%), Finland (40.1%), Poland (40.6%), Austria and Malta (42.4%), Estonia (43 .2%) and Greece (44.2%). ).

On the other hand, the countries with the lowest rates are Romania, Italy and Hungary, which total 23.3%, 28.3% and 32.9% respectively.

Norway and Switzerland recorded the highest rates of young adults with tertiary education – 55.1% and 52.3%, while Iceland’s population of young adults with tertiary education reached 41.5 %.

Recently in Germany, which does not have a high percentage of young adults with higher education – only 35.7%, the country has seen a 4% increase in the number of occasional students.

Specifically, 27,400 casual students were registered in Germany in the winter semester 2021/2022, 4% more than in the previous semester and 26% less than pre-pandemic levels when approximately 37,200 students were studying in the country.

As data from Erudera, the first artificial intelligence-backed education search platform, shows, the total number of students in Germany peaked at 416,437, 78% of whom are international students.

The main sources of international students were China and India, with 40,122 and 28,542 students.

Helen D. Jessen