Enrolment in higher education institutions of Latvia has dropped by 2 %

20.01.2017

The data of the Central Statistical Bureau (CSB) show that in the academic year 2016/2017 the number of students studying in higher education institutions of Latvia accounted for 82.9 thousand, indicating a decline of 2 %.  Currently in Latvia there are 56 higher education institutions – 30 universities and 26 colleges.

Social sciences and humanities still are the most popular education fields in higher education institutions and colleges, since have been chosen by 42.9 % of the students, however, also the enrolment in engineering and life sciences programmes has increased.  This school year, the number of persons studying social sciences and humanities declined by 6.3 %, whereas enrolment in  engineering and life sciences grew by 2.6 %.

In the academic year 2016/2017, 28.6 thousand students entered higher education institutions – a drop of 1.7 %, compared to the previous academic year. Out of the total 1st year students, 40.9 % entered programmes of social sciences and humanities and 28.2 % engineering and life sciences programmes. In the previous academic year, the share of students chosen social sciences and humanities constituted 43.3 %, the number of engineering and life science programme entrants comprised 26.9 % and that of health and welfare programmes – 12.9 %.

Studies of more than a half of the entrants (54.8 %) were non-subsidised, and studies of 45.2 % of students were state-subsidised.

Over the last six years, the number of graduates has reduced almost twice. In 2016, higher education was acquired by 15.8 thousand students – 7.2 % less than in 2015 and 40.5 % less than in 2010. Females accounted for 10.4 thousand or 65 % of the number.

The number of students, which have acquired their previous education abroad and study in Latvia with an aim to acquire degree or qualification, is still quite high. In the academic year 2016/2017, 6.1 thousand such students are studying in the higher education institutions of Latvia.

The number of vocational school entrants has grown by 13 %

In the school year 2016/2017, 28.9 thousand students are studying in vocational education institutions – 3.6 % more than in the previous school year. Engineering that has been chosen by 35.9 % of the vocational students is the most popular field of education.

This school year, 12.5 thousand students entered vocational education institutions – 13 % more than in the school year 2015/2016. The most notable increase in the enrolment may be observed in humanities and engineering – 25.6 % and 16.5 %, respectively.

In 2016, the number of basic and vocational secondary education graduates accounted for 7.8 thousand – 4.8 % less than in 2015. Out of the number, 36.2 % were graduates of engineering, manufacturing and construction education field and 26.2 % were graduates of services education field.

 

Key education indicators

 

School year/ academic year

 

2000/01

2005/06

2010/11

2014/15

2015/16

2016/17

Number of higher education institution and college entrants

32 950

43 826

31 012

29 137

29 083

28 588

Enrolment in higher education institutions and colleges

101 270

131 125

103 856

85 881

84 282

82 914

Number of higher education institution and college graduates

15 009

26 124

26 545

17 345

17 021

15 796

Number of vocational education institution entrants

18 440

14 521

11 914

11 703

11 048

12 485

Enrolment in vocational education institutions

48 625

42 737

35 767

29 855

27 938

28 950

Number of vocational education institution graduates

12 827

9 963

9 124

8 842

8 201

7 805

 

More detailed statistics on vocational and higher education institutions will be available on 3 March in the CSB database section Education.

 

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More information on data:
Sarmīte Briede
Culture, Education, Science and Health Statistics Section
Phone: +371 67366860
E-mail: sarmite [dot] briede [at] csb [dot] gov [dot] lv