Cyprus has the second highest proportion of graduates in business, administration and law among EU member states, according to a Eurostat report published on the occasion of the International Day of Students.
The proportion was below 20 per cent in Sweden, Italy, Finland and Spain, while it was particularly high in France (34.3 per cent), Cyprus (39.0 per cent) and Luxembourg (42.5 per cent).
Approximately four million students graduated from tertiary education in the EU in 2018. Almost one quarter (24.6 per cent) of the tertiary graduates studied business, administration or law.
The second most popular subject among the graduates was engineering, manufacturing and construction (15.2 per cent), followed by health and welfare (13.7 per cent) and education (10.3 per cent).
Within the EU, close to three fifths (57.7 per cent) of all graduates in 2018 were women.
10.9 per cent of all tertiary education graduates were men graduating from engineering, manufacturing or construction courses, compared with 4.3 per cent women, a difference of 6.7 percentage points.
ICT studies was the only other broad field were more men than women graduated.
The International Day of Students is marked annually on November 17.