13.02.2012 REPORTS

Key Data on Education in Europe 2012

The Eurydice Network has published the report "Key Data on Education in Europe 2012".

The 95 indicators contained in the report not only provide a comprehensive picture of the organisation, management and functioning of 37 education systems in Europe, but also trace main developments in education over the last decade.

The report reveals an array of positive developments, including: longer participation in education, an increased support for new teachers, a rise in the number of tertiary education graduates as well as a stable share of the GDP devoted to education up until 2008. Among the important challenges identified are foreseeable teacher shortages and a growing number of tertiary graduates who appear overqualified for their posts while at the same time endure less unemployment and an easier transition into the employment market.

Furthermore, the study, which is based on 2009/10 data, provides answers to several other questions, including:

  • What are the trends in regard to participation in education in order to avoid early school leaving?
  • To what extend and in which countries can parents influence the choice of school for their children?
  • What are the trends and regulations in regard to class size and school size?
  • To what degree and in which areas are schools and higher education granted autonomy?
  • What are the restrictions on the number of places in tertiary education programmes in European countries?
  • How are teachers, schools, and education systems evaluated?
  • To what extend are teachers' salaries attractive?

Key Data on Education in Europe 2012 is a joint publication with Eurostat and based on data collected through the National Units of the Eurydice Network, Eurostat, and the PISA 2009 international survey.

The study is available on the Eurydice website in English together with the Highlights.