Higher education graduates

In 2018, 47.6% of the population aged 30 to 34 in Belgium, had a tertiary education degree. To achieve the sustainable development goal by 2030, this figure must increase.

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Higher education graduates - Belgium and international comparison

percentage of population aged 30-34

 199220002010201320152016201720182018//19922018//2013
Belgium26.635.244.442.742.745.645.947.62.32.2
EU28----33.837.138.739.239.940.7--1.9
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2008 BE, 2014, 2017 BE

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2019), Tertiary educational attainment by sex, age group 30-34 edat_lfse_03], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 27/09/2019).

Higher education graduates by region - Belgium

percentage of population aged 30-34

 200020052010201320152016201720182018//20002018//2013
Brussels-Capital Region43.949.648.745.848.451.954.456.31.44.2
Flemish Region36.439.945.044.143.247.346.448.21.61.8
Walloon Region29.933.741.538.939.139.640.942.52.01.8
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2008, 2014, 2017

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2019), Tertiary educational attainment by sex, age group 30-34 [edat_lfse_12], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 27/09/2019).

Higher education graduates by sex - Belgium

percentage of population aged 30-34

 199220002010201320152016201720182018//19922018//2013
females27.937.150.049.348.750.750.954.52.62.0
males25.233.339.036.236.740.440.840.61.92.3
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2008, 2014, 2017

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2019), Tertiary educational attainment by sex, age group 30-34 [edat_lfse_03], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 27/09/2019).

Definition: share of the population aged 30-34 with a tertiary education degree. This education level corresponds to the levels 5-8 of the 2011 ISCED (International Standard Classification of Education) for data from 2014 onwards and to the levels 5-6 of the 1997 ISCED for data up to 2013. The data come from the Labour Force Survey (LFS). Statistics Belgium organises this EU-harmonised survey in Belgium and makes the results available, in particular to Eurostat. The survey methodology was reviewed in 2017. Comparison of the 2017 data with previous years should be done with caution. The data used here come from Eurostat, which publishes detailed and comparable results between EU Member States. Since these data are based on surveys, a margin of uncertainty must be taken into account. This margin of uncertainty increases as the indicator is calculated on smaller sub-populations. The confidence intervals for these data are available on request from Statistics Belgium.

Goal: the share of the population aged 30-34 having completed tertiary education must increase.

The Sustainable Development Goals or SDGs adopted by the UN in 2015 include target 4.3: “By 2030, ensure equal access for all women and men to affordable and quality technical, vocational and tertiary education, including university.”

The 2011 National Reform Programme adopted by Belgium in April 2011 (Federal Government, 2011) in the context of the Europe 2020 Strategy (European Commission, 2010) includes an education and training target: at least 47% of the population aged 30 to 34 should have completed tertiary education.

International comparison: Belgium has more tertiary education graduates (47.6%) than the average of EU28 Member States (40.7%) in the age group considered, but this difference decreases from 11.6 percentage points in 2002 to 6.9 percentage points in 2018. The number of people with tertiary education is thus increasing faster in the EU28. When Member States are divided into three groups, Belgium is part of the group with the best performance in 2018.

UN indicator: the selected indicator does not correspond to any monitoring indicator for the SDGs but is related to target 4.3., since the share of tertiary education graduates illustrates the access to affordable and quality education.

Sources

This indicator is also included in another database of the Federal Planning Bureau: the indicators of the innovation system.

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