Topic higlight: Education in Europe
Credit © European Union, 2012
|Within the European Union educational policy is not subject to communitisation. In other words, the Member States still remain the dominant players in this
field. Nevertheless, there are a number of trends in the educational sector that can be observed all across the EU: More and more children are participating in pre-primary
For older children, the good news is that the pupil-teacher ratios are decreasing, particularly at primary level.
After finishing school, men and women's priorities start to diverge to a certain degree: Whilst there are more men in vocational training (upper secondary level), women are over-represented in tertiary educational institutions such as universities. Overall, the last decade has also seen a large increase in student numbers graduating in maths, science or engineering.
Selected Eurostat Tables (TGM)
Distribution of pupils/students by level
Access the database: Distribution of pupils/ Students by level
Tertiary students (ISCED 5-6) by field of education and sex
Access the database: Tertiary students (ISCED 5-6) by field of education and sex
Addtional information can be found in the database section:
Transition from education to work, early leavers from education and training |
|Key data on education in Europe 2012|
|Youth in Europe|
|The Bologna Process in Higher Education in Europe|
Statistics/Data in Focus
Trends in European education during the last decade
14 % of the funding of education institutions in the EU in 2008 comes from private sources
More students study foreign languages in Europe but perceptions of skill levels differ significantly
Education in Europe - Key statistics 2008
The EU Commission Directorates General Education and Culture offers a range of information on education.
The Erasmus programme - studying in Europe and more.
The Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency (EACEA) is responsible for the management of certain parts of the EU's programme in the field of education.
Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)
OECD Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA)
Federal Ministry of Education and
Research Germany (BMBF)
Information on education and research