Press Release 14/09/2018
UNIVERSITY STATISTICS 2017
In the 2016-2017 academic year student numbers at Basque universities fell for the third consecutive year
There were more women (53%) than men attending universities
In the 2016-2017 academic year universities with centres located in the Basque Country had a total of 66,286 students, which was 0.8% down on the previous year, according to Eustat data. This reduction occurred despite the increase in the number of undergraduate and postgraduate students, which was not enough to compensate the decrease due to the disappearance of first and second cycle studies.
Undergraduate students represented 85% of the total and saw an increase of 0.7% in respect of the previous academic year, whereas first and second cycle studies were practically extinguished. The remaining 15% enrolled in postgraduate studies (official masters degrees and doctorates), with a 2.6% increase in official masters degrees and a 0.6% drop in the case of doctorates.
3 out of 4 students attended public universities, which have seen a drop of 7 percentage points over the last seven years. 60% of students studying an official masters degree did so in public centres, with this figure rising to 86% for doctorates.
In terms of where students studied, 59% studied at universities in Bizkaia, 29% in Gipuzkoa and 12% in Álava.
Women continue to make up the majority in universities
Women make up the majority of the university population, exceeding men by 8 percentage points in undergraduate degree studies, 3.5 in doctorates and 1.8 in masters degrees.
However, looking at the performance of enrolments over the last six years, it can be seen that the proportion of men increased by 1.9%, whereas that of women rose by 0.3%.
We see the same gender differences in terms of the degrees selected
Half of undergraduate degree enrolments were concentrated in the following areas of study: Business Management and Administration (5,610), Primary Education (3,845), Law (3,520), Psychology (2,810), Mechanical Engineering (2,269), Early Childhood Education (2,110), Medicine (1,864), Nursing (1,521), Industrial and Technological Engineering (1,419), Social Education (1,411) and Social Work (1,234).
Amongst men, half were distributed in eleven degrees, of which four were engineering degrees: Business Management and Administration (2,785), Mechanical Engineering (1,906), Primary Education (1,677), Law (1,373), Industrial and Technological Engineering (1,029), Industrial Electronics and Automation Engineering (973), Computer Engineering (789), Physical Activity and Sports Sciences (754), Psychology (646), Business Management (550) and Medicine (533).
In contrast, half of women chose eight degrees: Business Management and Administration (2,825), Primary Education (2,168), Psychology (2,164), Law (2,147), Early Childhood Education (1,886), Medicine (1,331), Nursing (1,262) and Social Education (1,076).
26% of undergraduate degree enrolments were new students
In the 2016/17 academic year, 14,757 students attended Basque Universities for the first time to study one of the degrees on offer, which represented 26% of total undergraduate degree enrolments in this academic year and was 3.5% down on the previous year.
The figure for new enrolments in public universities was down by 3.8%, but even so 72% of new students chose to study in them, compared to 28% who opted for private universities.
In the 2016/17 academic year, a total of 12,867 young people completed their studies. 56% of them were women.
Of the 12,867 young people who finished their studies in 2017, 8,897 received an undergraduate degree qualification, 3,204 completed an official masters degree qualification and 764 obtained a doctorate. The variation in respect of the previous academic year was positive in undergraduate degrees (2.2%) and official masters degrees(1.0%), whereas the number of doctorates awarded fell by 80 (-9.5%). It should be clarified that this is a short-term drop due to the significant increase that occurred the previous academic year because of the expiry of doctorates under the old plans.
Almost half of university students in the Basque Country (48%) graduated in the Social & Legal Sciences branch, followed by 24% 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.
Out of every 10 women, 5 graduated in the Social & Legal Sciences branch, 1.8 in Health Sciences and 1.3 in Engineering, whereas out of every 10 men, 4 graduated in Engineering and another 4 in Social and Legal Sciences.
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