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Cyprus has second highest share of 30 to 34 year olds with tertiary education in EU

Cyprus has met easily met its target as regards the share of the population aged 30 to 34 who have successfully completed tertiary education, according to figures published by Eurostat on Friday.

These showed that in 2002 in Cyprus 36.0% of those aged 30 to 34 had successfully completed tertiary education  (35.9% for males and 36.1% for females).

In 2018, the number was up to 57.1%  (49.2% for males and 64.4% for females) —  the second highest in the EU. The country target was 46.0%.

Moreover, in Cyprus the percentage of the population aged 18-24 with at most lower secondary education and who are currently not in further education or training in 2006 was 14.9% (22.5% for males and 8.2% for females) falling to 7.8% in 2018 (9.9% for males and 6.0% for females). The country target was 10.0%.

The Eurostat report looked at the most recent data for the EU and its Member States on achievement against the two Europe 2020 education headline targets.

The Europe 2020 strategy’s target is that at least 40% of 30-34-year-olds in the EU should have completed tertiary education by 2020.

Reaching the level of 40.7%, the EU crossed this threshold in 2018. Since 2002 when the series started at 23.6%, there has been a steady increase. This growth pattern was even more significant for women (from 24.5% in 2002 to 45.8% in 2018) than for men (from 22.6% to 35.7%), meaning women are above and men still below the overall Europe 2020 target.

Meanwhile, the share of early leavers from education and training (aged 18-24) has steadily decreased in the EU,
from 17.0% in 2002 to 10.6% in 2018. Young women (8.9%) are less affected than young men (12.2%). The Europe 2020 target is to reduce the rates of early school leaving in the EU to below 10% by 2020.

Highest share of those aged 30-34 with tertiary education in Lithuania and Cyprus, lowest in
Romania and Italy

In 2018, the proportion of those aged 30 to 34 who had completed tertiary education increased compared with 2002 in every Member State for which the time-series is available.

In 2018, at least half of the population aged 30 to 34 had completed tertiary education in Lithuania (57.6%), Cyprus (57.1%), Ireland (56.3%), Luxembourg (56.2%) and Sweden (52.0%).

At the opposite end of the scale, the lowest proportions were observed in Romania (24.6%) and Italy (27.8%).

Sixteen Member States have already met or exceeded their 2020 national target for this indicator: Belgium, Czechia, Denmark, Estonia, Greece, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, the Netherlands, Austria, Poland, Slovenia, Finland and Sweden.

In 2018, the share of persons aged 30 to 34 who have completed tertiary education is higher for women than men in all Member States.

Lowest share of ‘early school leavers’ in Croatia, highest in Spain, Malta and Romania

Compared with 2006, the proportion of early leavers from education and training decreased in 2018 in all Member States, for which the time-series is available, except Czechia (increase from 5.1% to 6.2%), Slovakia (from 6.6% to 8.6%) and Sweden (from 8.6% to 9.3%).

In 2018, the lowest proportions of ‘early school leavers’ were observed in Croatia (3.3%), Slovenia (4.2%), Lithuania (4.6%), Greece (4.7%), Poland (4.8%) and Ireland (5.0%), while the highest shares were recorded in Spain (17.9%), Malta (17.5%) and Romania (16.4%).

Thirteen Member States have already fulfilled their 2020 national target for this indicator: Belgium, Ireland, Greece, France, Croatia, Italy, Cyprus, Latvia, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Austria and Slovenia.

In 2018, the share of early leavers from education and training was lower for women than men in every EU Member State, except Bulgaria and Slovakia.

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