Higher education graduates

In 2017, 45.9% 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

 19922000201020122015201620172017//19922017//2012
Belgium26.635.244.443.942.745.645.92.20.9
EU28----33.836.038.739.139.9--2.1
//: Average Growth Rates

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

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), Tertiary educational attainment by sex, age group 30-34 [tsdsc480], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/10/2018).

Higher education graduates by sex - Belgium

percentage of population aged 30-34

 19922000201020122015201620172017//19922017//2012
females27.937.150.050.748.750.750.92.40.1
males25.233.339.037.136.740.440.81.91.9
//: Average Growth Rates

break in time series: 2008, 2014, 2017

Statistics Belgium; Eurostat (2018), Tertiary educational attainment by sex, age group 30-34 [tsdsc480], https://ec.europa.eu/eurostat (consulted on 17/10/2018).

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. 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 (45.9%) than the average of EU28 Member States (39.9%) in the age group considered, but this difference decreases from 11.6 percentage points in 2002 to 6 percentage points in 2017. 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 average performance and outperforms the European average in 2017.

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

  • SDGs, Sustainable Development Goals: United Nations (2015), Transforming our world: the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 25 September 2015, document A/RES/70/1.

  • Indicators: United Nations (2017), Work of the Statistical Commission pertaining to the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Resolution adopted by the General Assembly on 6 July 2017, document A/RES/71/313.

  • UN Sustainable Development Knowledge Platform: https://sustainabledevelopment.un.org/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

  • Sustainable Development Goal indicators website: https://unstats.un.org/sdgs/ (consulted on 23/10/2018).

This indicator is also included in another database of the Federal Planning Bureau, additionally providing regional data for Belgium: the indicators of the innovation system.

More information is available in FR (French) and NL (Dutch).