In the academic year 2021-2022, there was a 2.5% increase in student enrolments in post-secondary and tertiary institutions, totaling 28,645.
Among these, 9,610 were in post-secondary levels and 19,035 in tertiary education. Male students slightly outnumbered females in post-secondary education, while in tertiary education, there were significantly more females than males.
Within post-secondary education, the majority (88.9%) were under 20 years old, and 1,160 were foreign students, comprising 12.1% of the total. Notably, 75.6% of the 16-17-year-old resident population were enrolled in post-secondary level, with a higher percentage of females (7.3 points) compared to males.
At the post-secondary level, the majority of students (86.2%) attended state-run institutions. More than half were enrolled in vocational study-oriented programs (51.6%). The most popular fields of study were ‘Services’ (26.1%), followed by ‘Engineering, manufacturing and construction’ (16.3%) and ‘Health and welfare’ (14.7%).
In tertiary education, there was a 3.8% increase in enrolments compared to the previous academic year, totaling 19,035. Female students comprised 58.1% of the total. Most students studied on a full-time basis (66.3%), and there was a slight increase in part-time enrolments (1.1%).
The majority of tertiary students were at ISCED level 6 (Bachelor’s or equivalent) (52.8%), followed by ISCED level 7 (Master’s or equivalent) at 32.5%. More than half of the students were aged between 20 and 29 (53.7%). Female students outnumbered males in all tertiary ISCED levels except for ISCED 8 (PhD equivalent).
Foreign students at the tertiary level totaled 4,709, comprising 24.7% of all tertiary enrolments. This marked an increase of 7.1 percentage points from the previous academic year. The most popular field of study was ‘Business, administration and law’ (27.3%), followed by ‘Health and welfare’ (21.3%). The least popular field was ‘Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary’ (0.3%).