Press Release 24/07/2013


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The number of students enrolled in Basque Universities increased in the academic year 2011/2012

Enrolments in official masters were up by 23%

In the 2011-12 academic year, 66,472 young people enrolled in universities in the Basque Country, 1.3% more than the previous year, according to data provided by Eustat. There have been two consecutive years of increasing enrolments after 15 years of falling numbers.

Regarding distribution between provinces, 55% studied in Bizkaia, 31% in Gipuzkoa and 14% in Álava.

With regards to ownership, eight out of every ten students chose a public university for their higher education course. This proportion was similar in all types of studies, except in official masters, where the proportion of enrolments in public centres was lower, standing at 62%.

The number of students enrolled in undergraduate degrees continued to rise with respect to the previous year (65%), as with each year the new university study structure is consolidated. On the other hand this has meant that fewer students - 30% - were enrolled in first and second cycle degrees. If both types of studies are taken into account, which currently coexist, there was a total of 59,321 students in the academic year 2011-2012, a similar number to the previous year (+0.32%). Enrolments in postgraduate degrees, however, were up by 10%. This was due to those studying official masters, with a 23% growth, as the number of enrolments in doctorates remained stable.

Students enrolled by type of studies. 2011-12 academic year
Source: Eustat. University Statistics of The Basque Country

A higher proportion of women in university classes (54%)

The distribution by gender in university classrooms reflected the difference in favour of women in terms of access to university, standing at 8 percentage points: 54% were women, compared to 46% men.

This higher proportion of women occurred in all types of studies: official masters (57%), first and second cycle (53%), undergraduate degrees (54%) and doctorates (53%).

On the other hand, 30,998 students did undergraduate degrees, 28,323 did first and second cycle studies, 4,122 studied official masters and 3,029 did doctorate studies.

Regarding first and second cycle studies the most in-demand were: Business Management and Administration (3,043), Industrial Technical Engineering (2,382), Teacher Training (1,866), Industrial Engineering (1,743), Diploma in Business Studies (1,392), Law (1,195), Architecture (1,078) Medicine (1,070) and Psychology (973), which represented half of all enrolments.

With regards to degrees the ranking was as follows: Business Management and Administration (3,075), Primary Education (2,087), Law (1,985), Psychology (1,754), Infant Education (1,208), Mechanical Engineering (1,186), Business Management (867), Social Work (800), Nursing (748), and Social Education (744), representing 47% of the total.

Graduate students specialised in studies in the branches of the Social and Legal Sciences and in Engineering and Architecture

A total of 12,253 young people graduated in the academic year 2011-2012, 60% of which were women.

As regards the type of studies, 8,791 graduated from first or second cycle, 762 from undergraduate degrees, 2,278 from official masters and 422 successfully completed their thesis.

Distribution of graduate students by sex and branch %. 2011-2012 academic year
Source: Eustat. University Statistics of The Basque Country

Just over half of University students in the Basque Country specialised in the branch of Social and Legal Sciences (52%), followed by Engineering and Architecture (26%). A lesser number specialised in Arts and Humanities (8%), and in Sciences and Health Sciences, both with 6%.

In terms of gender, a difference was observed regarding the specialisation of studies, with a majority of women (61%) showing a preference for subjects belonging to the Social and Legal Sciences. On the other hand, 83% of men studied either Engineering-Architecture or Social and Legal Sciences.

Girls showed a significant preference for Health Sciences (8%), compared to boys (3%). It is also worth noting the low preference for studying Science in both sexes.

5,897 lecturers gave classes in universities in the Basque Country

8,589 were employed in the universities of the Basque Country throughout the 2011-12 academic year, representing 1.4% of the total personnel employed in the services sector. Of these, 4,206 were women, or 49%.

Specifically, a total of 5,897 teaching staff were registered, with a greater presence of men (59%) than women (41%), whilst administration and services personnel were made up of 2,692 workers, 65% of them women.

For further information:

Eustat - Euskal Estatistika Erakundea / Instituto Vasco de Estadística C/ Donostia-San Sebastián, 1 01010 Vitoria-Gasteiz Press Service: Tlf: 945 01 75 62 Further press releases on University Statistics of the Basque Country Database on University Statistics of the Basque Country

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