Official Statistics of Finland

Progress of studies

Producer: Statistics Finland

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Completion of university education faster than before
12 Mar 2020
According to Statistics Finlands education statistics, completion of upper secondary general education, university of applied sciences education and university education accelerated. Attainment of vocational education, in turn, slowed down. In all, 65 per cent of the students having started initial vocational qualifications completed their studies in three and a half years in year 2018, while 68 per cent completed initial vocational qualifications in the target time during the previous statistical year. In five years, the share of students having passed university education in the target time has increased most.

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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Official Statistics of Finland (OSF): Progress of studies [e-publication].
ISSN=1799-1021. Helsinki: Statistics Finland [referred: 16.1.2021].
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