Press Release 14/09/2017
The number of students at universities in the Basque Country fell by 0.3% in the 2015/16 academic year
A total of 13,654 young people completed their studies during this academic year, 2.7% more than in the previous academic year
In the 2015/2016 academic year, universities with centres located in the Basque Country took in 66,830 students, which was 0.3% down on the previous year, according to Eustat data.
Undergraduate students accounted for 83.5% of the total and there was an increase of 2% compared to the previous academic year. There were still more than 1,000 students enrolled on four-six year degrees, architecture and engineering courses. The remaining 15% of students enrolled on postgraduate studies (official masters and doctorates), which saw increases in student numbers by 4% and 0.5%, respectively.
Three out of every four students studied at a public university, a figure which has fallen by 5.4% in recent years. 60% of Official Masters students studied at public centres, while the number for Doctorate students stood at 86%.
In terms of where students studied, 58% studied at universities in Bizkaia, 29% in Gipuzkoa and 13% in Álava.
Women continue to make up the majority in universities (53%), although the gender gap is diminishing
Women make up the majority of the university population, exceeding men by six percentage points in undergraduate studies, by five percentage points in doctorate studies and by one percentage point on masters courses.
Looking at how enrolments have changed over the last six years, we can see that the number of women has fallen slightly (-0.3%), while the number of men has increased by 4.4%.
We see the same gender differences in terms of the degrees selected
Half of undergraduate students enrolled on the following courses: Business Management and Administration (5,664), Primary Education (3,708), Law (3,453), Psychology (2,759), Mechanical Engineering (2,305), Infant Education (2,050), Medicine (1,877), Nursing (1,537), Industrial and Technological Engineering (1,378), Social Education (1,369) and Social Work (1,177).
Among men, half were distributed over 11 degree courses, four of which were engineering: Business Management and Administration (2,808), Mechanical Engineering (1,925), Primary Education (1,614), Law (1,383), Industrial and Technological Engineering (986), Industrial Electronics and Automation Engineering (953), Computer Engineering (754), Psychology (666), Physical Activity and Sports Sciences (646), Business Management (604) and Medicine (567).
On the other hand, half of women chose eight degrees: Business Management and Administration (2,856), Primary Education (2,094), Psychology (2,093), Law (2,070), Infant Education (1,795), Medicine (1,310), Nursing (1,274) and Social Education (1,013).
In the 2015/2016 academic year, a total of 13,654 young people completed their studies, 2.7% more than the previous academic year. 55% of them were women.
If we take into account the level of study completed, 8,709 students received a degree qualification, 929 were awarded an undergraduate degree, a four-six year degree or a degree in Advanced or Technical Architecture, 3,172 completed an official masters and 844 obtained a doctorate.
As a general trend compared to the previous academic year, there was an increase in the number of graduates at all levels of study, most notably, a 60% increase in the number of approved theses, resulting in 316 more doctors. This was partly due to the old plans being discontinued.
Almost half of university students in the Basque Country (46%) graduated in the Social & Legal Sciences branch, followed by 27% in the Engineering & Architecture branch. The figures for the other branches were lower: 13% in Health Sciences, 8% in Arts & Humanities and 6% in Sciences.
For every 10 women, 5 graduated in the Social and Legal Sciences branch, 1.8 in Health Sciences and 1.6 in Engineering, while for every 10 men, 4 graduated in Engineering and another 4 in Social and Legal Sciences.
Women completed University Studies at various levels at a younger age than men
The average age of people who obtained an undergraduate degree was 23.5. Women were able to obtain this degree at a younger age (23.2) than men (23.9).
The average age of people who completed a Master’s degree was 26.5. Women were slightly younger (26.3 years) in this instance than men (26.7 years) as well.
On the other hand, the average age of doctorate graduates was 38.3; women obtained the degree at 37.5, compared to 39.2 for men.
27% of undergraduate enrolments were new students
During the 2015/16 academic year, 15,299 students were enrolled at Basque universities for the first time on one of the degrees offered, which accounted for 27% of the total number of undergraduate enrolments for this academic year and a fall of 2% compared to the previous academic year.
The figure for new admissions at public universities fell by 7%, but even then, 72% of new students decided to study at one of them, compared to 28% that chose private universities.
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