Press release 23/12/2009

UNIVERSITY STATISTICS 2008/09 Academic year

More women studying at university, including on post-graduate courses

First students enrolled on the four-year degree courses offered by private universities

During the 2008-09 academic year, there were 63,337 students enrolled at the universities of the Basque Country, with a greater presence of female students on undergraduate and post-graduate courses, according to Eustat data. With respect to the previous year, this figure was down by 3%, which was in line with the trend over the last 14 years.

In terms of distribution by province, the number of students in Bizkaia studying at university accounted for 55% of the total enrolments, followed by 31% in Gipuzkoa and, finally, 14% in Álava.

Women accounted for 55% of the total number of students enrolled, a similar percentage to that for the previous year and, in terms of ownership of the centres, 79% enrolled in publicly-funded centres.

Students enrolled by cycle and branch of studies. 2007-2008 Academic Year


Successfully completing the second cycle leads to a honours degree, a degree in Engineering and Architecture.

Successfully completing the first cycle leads to a three-year degree, a degree in Technical Engineering and Quantity Surveying.

The new university education system will be organised into three cycle: degree, Master’s and Doctorate.

Students studying for a LRU official doctorate and the new official post-graduate programmes (Masters and Doctorates)

Source: EUSTAT

The presence of women on undergraduate and post-graduate courses ranged between 53% and 57%

The distribution of students in terms of sex was very similar in the different undergraduate cycles and post-graduate courses, and ranged between 53% and 57% in the case of women and between 43% and 47% when it came to men.

If the students are distributed by cycles, it can be seen that the majority opted for long or short cycles. In fact, half (31,375) enrolled in long cycles (leading to a five-year degree) and 40%, that is, 24,650 students, in cycles leading to a three-year degree, a degree in Technical Engineering and Quantity Surveying.

On the other hand, 3,093 and 3,838 students opted to only complete second cycles and post-graduate courses, respectively, that is, 5% and 6% of the total students enrolled.

It should also be pointed out that this academic year was the first when the degrees arising from the agreements to construction the European Space for Higher Education (ESHE) were offered. However, the number of enrolments are currently very small (381) and they are only available at private universities.

Finally, in terms of the branch of studies, the majority of students generally opted for studying legal and social sciences (47%) or technical subjects (29%), where differences could be noted between both sexes. In fact, male students enrolled for more technical training (46%), while women preferred studying the law or social sciences (55%). In general, the least popular branches with both sexes were humanities (9%), health (6%) and experimental (5%) sciences.

Teacher Training, 3-year Degree in Industrial Engineering and Business Administration and Management were the most sought-after subjects

During the 2008-2009 academic year, the most popular first and second cycle courses were: Teacher Training (5,777), 3-year degree in Industrial Engineering (5.629), Business Administration and Management (5167), 3-year degree in Business Science (3,685), 5-year degree in Industrial Engineering (2,882), Law (2,657), Psychology (2,640), 3-year degree in Social Education (1,532), Medicine (1,412), Architecture (1,397), Fine Arts (1,345) and Nursing (1.206).

The twelve most sought-after degrees by sex. 2007-2008 Academic Year


Source: EUSTAT

Special mention should be made of the significantly greater presence of one or other sex on certain courses. In fact, those degrees where more than 80% of the students were male were: Naval Machinery, 3-year Engineering Degree in Computer Studies, Naval Engineering and Maritime Transport, and Industrial Automatic and Electronic Engineering. At the other extreme, there were more women on the following courses: Nursing, Human Nutrition and Dietetics, Food Science and Technology, and Pedagogy, where they accounted for over 85% of the students.

The university academic staff increased by 2.2%

7,778 people worked at the universities of the Basque Country during the 2008-09 academic year, 1,9% up on the previous year. 3,542, i.e. 45,5%, of them were women.

The academic staff totalled 5,717 people, which was up 2.2% on the previous year. Four out of every ten lecturers were women. As far as the non-teaching staff was concerned, there was a total of 2,061 people employed during the academic year in question.

For further information:

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