OECD Indicators: Education at a Glance 2017


“Gender parity in graduation rates is still a distant dream for some fields of study, particularly upper secondary vocational education. Gender parity improves at the tertiary level, though women still represent approximately only one in four entrants to engineering, manufacturing and construction. On the other hand they represent close to three out of four entrants in health and welfare fields of study. Other fields – such as business administration and law; and natural sciences, mathematics and statistics – have almost achieved gender parity among new entrants.”

Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators is the authoritative source for information on the state of education around the world. With more than 125 charts and 145 tables included in the publication and much more data available on the educational database, Education at a Glance 2017 provides key information on the output of educational institutions; the impact of learning across countries; the financial and human resources invested in education; access, participation and progression in education; and the learning environment and organisation of schools.

The 2017 edition presents a new focus on fields of study, investigating both trends in enrolment at upper secondary and tertiary level, student mobility, and labour market outcomes of the qualifications obtained in these fields. The publication also introduces for the first time a full chapter dedicated to the Sustainable Development Goals, providing an assessment of where OECD and partner countries stand on their way to meeting the SDG targets. Finally, two new indicators are developed and analysed in the context of participation and progress in education: an indicator on the completion rate of upper secondary students and an indicator on admission processes to higher education.


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