EDUCATION: MORE WOMEN THAN MEN GO TO UNIVERSITY IN EU.
Women now outnumber men in higher education in the EU, according to statistics released on June 25 by Eurostat, the EU's statistical office. During the 1990s, the numbers of female higher education students steadily increased to a point where there were more women than men in ten out of 12 Member States for which data were available in 1999. In Finland, almost 50% of women aged 20-29 were in higher education in the same year. Finland also has the highest numbers of people with higher education, more than 50% higher than the EU average.
However, despite this increase, divisions between the sexes remain. The areas of science and technology continue to be male-dominated, with five times as many male science and technology graduates than female in the Netherlands in 1999-2000. In Germany the ratio of men to women science and technology was 4:1 and only in Portugal was it less than 2:1. The UK and Germany have by far the largest numbers of foreign higher education students.
The number of people employed in a sector who have higher education was greatest in the education field, at 64%. Following this was health and social work related occupations, such as dentistry and medicine, at 39%. The figures were similar for people in high-tech services such as IT and research and development. The sectors with the lowest number of people with further education were agriculture, at 7.6% and wholesale and retail trade, at 10%.
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|Date:||Jun 28, 2003|
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