By Staff reporter
CYPRUS has already met the set targets of the Europe 2020 strategy in education, according to data released yesterday by Eurostat.
In 2013, the proportion of those aged 30 to 34 who had completed tertiary education was 47.8 per cent in Cyprus, already surpassing the target of 40 per cent for this age group among the EU’s 28 member states by 2020.
Women lead the way in this category as the proportion of female university graduates in Cyprus reached 53.4 per cent, while the figure for men was significantly lower at 41.6 per cent, yet still higher than the EU target set.
In the same year, the proportion of early leavers from education and training halved from 18.2 per cent in 2005 to 9.1 per cent in 2013, again exceeding the set target. The figure relates to early leavers aged 18-24 who at most completed lower secondary education and are currently not in further education or training.
The rate of women leaving school early was just 4.2 per cent, compared to 14.8 per cent for men.
The Europe 2020 aim is to reduce the share of early leavers from education and training to below 10 per cent of the EU28 population in this age group by the year 2020.