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27 Apr 2017

Share of young adults with tertiary education is growing in EU

According to Eurostat, the European statistical office, the share of persons aged 30 to 34 in the EU who have completed tertiary education continued to steadily increase, from 23.6% in 2002 to 39.1% in 2016. The increase is even more pronounced among women (24.5% in 2002, 43.9% in 2016) than for men (22.6% to 34.4%). According to the Europe 2020 strategy, the target is that at least 40% of 30-34-year-olds in the EU should have completed tertiary education by 2020, which means that for the female age group, this target has already been achieved, while for the male group it has not. Austria is among the thirteen Member States that have already met or exceeded their national 2020 target for this indicator.

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