Published: 13 April 2007

Number of students and degrees in polytechnics decreased slightly in 2006

According to Statistics Finland, a total of 132,600 students attended polytechnic education leading to a degree in autumn 2006. This was 200 students fewer than in 2005. The number of new students was 36,300, which is 2 per cent less than one year previously. A total of 21,000 degrees were obtained at polytechnics in 2006. The number of degrees went down by two per cent.

The number of foreign students attending education leading to a degree was 4,600, which is 16 per cent more than one year previously. Examined by continent, the highest number of foreign students came from the Asian countries, Africa and the EU and EEC countries. In 2006 the number of degrees obtained by foreign students went down by 15 per cent from the previous year and stood at slightly below 500.

The number of students attending education leading to a higher polytechnic degree was 2,100 in 2006, which is 1,000 students more than in 2005. Higher polytechnic degrees were obtained by 150 students, of whom 77 per cent were women.

As from autumn 2005, it has been possible to obtain higher polytechnic degrees, which replaced the earlier post-graduate polytechnic degrees, in all fields of education.

New students, students and degrees in polytechnics by region in 2006

Region New students Students Degrees
Continental Finland 36,159 132,168 20,951
Uusimaa 9,452 34,891 5,243
Itä-Uusimaa 415 1,378 223
Varsinais-Suomi 2,954 10,747 1,762
Satakunta 1,727 6,116 1,009
Kanta-Häme 1,238 5,031 774
Pirkanmaa 2,752 10,045 1,627
Päijät-Häme 1,358 5,502 941
Kymenlaakso 1,081 4,339 647
South Karelia 793 2,922 522
Etelä-Savo 1,479 4,806 841
Pohjois-Savo 1,988 6,768 1,081
North Karelia 1,234 4,109 646
Central Finland 1,857 6,836 1,173
South Ostrobothnia 1,237 4,512 782
Ostrobothnia 1,353 5,489 805
Central Ostrobothnia 532 1,800 263
North Ostrobothnia 2,383 8,861 1,352
Kainuu 604 1,951 292
Lapland 1,722 6,065 968
Åland 117 392 55
Åland 117 392 55
Total 36,276 132,560 21,006

Source: Education Statistics. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Mr Vesa Hämäläinen +358 9 1734 2594 koulutus.tilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Mr Jari Tarkoma


Last updated 13.4.2007

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Polytechnic education [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-4012. 2006. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.10.2014].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/akop/2006/akop_2006_2007-04-13_tie_001_en.html.

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