Cyprus Mail

More young women than men complete university


About six in ten people in Cyprus aged 25 to 34 hold a university degree with the percentage being higher in women than men, data from the national statistical service showed on Tuesday.

According to the figures, the percentage of people aged 25-34 with a tertiary education level in 2021 was 58.3 per cent while those with only a high school level of education was 31.8 per cent.

The percentage of young people whose education level was below high school was 9.9 per cent.

The data showed that 66.2 per cent of women in that age group had graduated from universities, compared with 50 per cent of men, while 38.3 per cent of men said they had only studied as far as upper secondary compared with 25.7 per cent women.

Of those who has not studied as far as upper secondary school, 11.7 per cent were men and 8.2 per cent were women.

Meanwhile, business administration and law, arts and humanities and social sciences, journalism and information were the three most popular fields of study among all tertiary education graduates of this age group.

More women than men appeared to have studied in the fields of education, arts and humanities social sciences, journalism and information but also positive sciences.

Notably, 6.2 per cent women had a degree in natural sciences, mathematics and statistics compared with 4.9 per cent men. In education, the gap was larger, with 11.8 per cent women and just 1.6 per cent men.

In contrast, business, administration and law, engineering, manufacturing and construction, as well as information and communication technologies were more popular fields of study for men in Cyprus.

The Statistical Service of Cyprus published an Infographic on young adults and education in 2021 on the occasion of the International Day of Education, celebrated every year on January 24 throughout the world.

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