The number of students studying in Cyprus universities has increased by 13.27 per cent while the number studying in other higher education institutions has gone up by 22.5 per cent this year.
The number studying in private and public universities increased by 4,185 and in other institutions by 1,634.
In total, 44,446 persons were registered during the last academic year. Around 35,550 attended universities and 8,895 other tertiary institutions such as colleges.
The figures published by the department of higher education state that in the academic year 2016 to 2017 of the 44,446 people who studied in Cyprus, 23,353 or 52.54 per cent were Cypriots, 13,898 (31,27 per cent) were from other European countries and 7,195 (16.19 per cent) were third-country nationals.
The higher education department also counted how many people attended which programmes.
Some 3,848 people attended the programmes of higher education institutions lasting from one to three years, 19,562 the undergraduate programmes of universities, 3,890 undergraduate programmes of tertiary education institutions, 14,898 postgraduate courses of universities, while another 1,097 were registered for postgraduate courses of higher education institutions.
At the PhD level, 1,091 chose universities and 60 other institutions.
Of those studying in universities 12,681 pursued their studies via distance learning.
Most students decided to study Business Administration like in other years, followed by Law, Accounting and Medicine.
Graduate students preferred studies in Education, Business Administration and Health Sciences and PhD students Education, Psychology and Business Administration.