Published: 12 December 2017

The number of hours taught in open education at universities of applied sciences decreased but the number of participants continued to grow in 2016

According to Statistics Finland's Education Statistics, the number of teaching hours in open education at universities of applied sciences decreased by 10 per cent, but the number of participants still grew in 2016. In 2016, good one million hours were taught in open education at universities of applied sciences, which was 115,000 hours fewer than in the previous year. At the same time, the number of participants in university of applied sciences education increased by 15 per cent to nearly 44,000 from the year before.

Teaching hours in open education at universities of applied sciences in 2010 to 2016

Teaching hours in open education at universities of applied sciences in 2010 to 2016

In all, good 5.7 million hours of teaching were given in adult education not leading to a qualification in 2016, which is over four per cent lower than in the year before. The number of participants (gross number of students) was almost the same as in the year before, good 2.1 million.

Educational institutions' adult education not leading to a qualification by type of education in 2016

Type of education Participants (gross) Women % Teaching hours
Further vocational education, not apprenticeship training 57 349 39 218 357
Further vocational education, apprenticeship training 1 893 72 16 306
Employment training for adults 35 870 47 838 956
Courses ordered by the employer 251 714 38 384 124
Education organised as liberal adult education 1 607 921 72 2 756 035
Open university of applied sciences 43 779 64 1 028 104
Open university teaching 1) 37 111 78 66 640
Other education 106 153 54 427 307
Total 2 141 790 66 5 735 829
1) Excl. data on open university teaching implemented by the universities themselves.

Nearly one-half of all hours taught in adult education not leading to a qualification were given in education organised as liberal adult education, and nearly one fifth as open education at universities of applied sciences. Employment training for adults covered 15 per cent of all teaching hours. Three-quarters of all participants were studying in education arranged as liberal education and good every tenth in education ordered by employers.

The gross number of students in education organised as liberal adult education was 1.6 million and their net number was 950,000. A person is included (as participant) in the gross number of students from each education he/she studies. Thus a student can be included more than once in the number of students in one or more educational institutions during the calendar year. In net numbers of students one person is included only once.

The number of teaching hours in education arranged as liberal education was nearly 2.8 million. The highest share (26 per cent) of all the teaching hours in adult education not leading to a qualification was given in the field of culture, where the most popular were music, and crafts and design. Popular fields of education were also humanities and education, where 19 per cent of all hours were taught, and social, health and sports with 16 per cent of hours taught.

In 2016, students in basic level education outside comprehensive school (upper secondary general schools, folk high schools, adult education centres and vocational institutes) numbered 2,984, of whom 2,556 were in basic education, that is, studying the full comprehensive school curriculum and 428 attended additional education (10th grade).


Source: Education. Statistics Finland

Inquiries: Tarja Seppänen 029 551 3220, koulutustilastot@stat.fi

Director in charge: Jari Tarkoma

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Updated 12.12.2017

Referencing instructions:

Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Adult education of educational institutions [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-4551. 2016. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.8.2018].
Access method: http://www.stat.fi/til/oaiop/2016/oaiop_2016_2017-12-12_tie_001_en.html