Official Statistics of Finland

Progress of studies

Producer: Statistics Finland

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Education was completed faster in all sectors of education
17 Mar 2016
According to Statistics Finland's Education Statistics for the year 2014, 81 per cent of upper secondary general school students and 66 per cent of students attending vocational education aimed at young people completed a qualification in at most three-and a-half years. Forty-five per cent of students attending polytechnic education aimed at young people completed education in four-and-a-half years. A higher or lower university degree in university education was completed by 53 per cent of students in five-and-a-half years.

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Statistical releases will not be issued in English from these statistics in 2016.

Description: These statistics describe how new entrants to post-comprehensive school education progress in their studies up to the attainment of a qualification or degree. The statistics contain data on started education, duration of education, change of education, and on what students have done if they have discontinued education. Data on the progress of university studies have been produced at intervals of a fixed number of years since the 1980s and the 1990s. Data on the progress of studies in upper secondary general, vocational and polytechnic, and university education are produced by monitoring the progress made by new students since the year 2000. In accordance with the Statistics Act, the personal data from which these statistics are compiled are confidential. As a rule, the statistics produced from them are public.
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Keywords: degrees, discontinuation of studies, duration of studies, education, educational institutions, qualifications, students.
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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Progress of studies [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-1021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 22.10.2016].
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