Education attainment

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These indicators look at the highest level of education completed by a person and at enrolment rates in education. Data are available for adults achieving tertiary education and the educational attainment of adults in different age groups whereas the enrolment rate is shown as a percentage of the same age group. The level to which adults have studied is often used as a measure of human capital and the level of an individual's skills – in other words the skills available in the population and labour force.

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Keywords:  education at a glance, student, adult education, PISA, education, tertiary

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  • Population with tertiary education

    Population with tertiary education is defined as those having completed the highest level of education, by age group. This includes both theoretical programmes leading to advanced research or high skill professions such as medicine and more...
  • Adult education level

    Adult education level defines the highest level of education completed by the 25-64 year-old population.
  • Enrolment rate

    Enrolment rates are calculated by dividing the number of students of a particular age group enrolled in all levels of education by the size of the population in that age group.
  • Graduation rate

    Graduation rate represents the estimated percentage of people who will graduate from a specific level of education over their lifetime.
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