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Education: Distribution of Enrolment by Field of Study: Tertiary Education

The demand for higher education continues to grow as universities compete globally to attract students. But are students opting for private or public institutions? To what extent do they pursue their education abroad? Are women moving into fields traditionally dominated by men, such as science and computing? These are just some of the questions faced by policymakers looking to expand and diversify their national tertiary education systems.

Based on its annual data collection, the UIS produces a range of indicators to track trends in tertiary education at the global, regional and national levels. These data include: enrolment and graduation ratios disaggregated by sex and type of programme; enrolment rates in private and public institutions; and graduates by field of study.

The UIS has also developed a series of unique indicators to track the flows of foreign or mobile students. These data reveal the shifting demand for higher education, especially in developing countries, by showing where students go to study and where they come from.

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Additional Info

Field Value
Dataset topic category Access to education
  • English
Use limitations You are free to: Share — copy and redistribute the material in any medium or format Adapt — remix, transform, and build upon the material for any purpose, even commercially.
Dataset reference date March 8, 2018
  • Cambodia
  • Lao People's Democratic Republic
  • Myanmar
  • Thailand
  • Viet Nam
Completeness Data for some years and countries missing, marked by ".."
Process Step Dataset downloaded from and filtered for the 5 Lower Mekong countries.
Lineage UNESCO Institute for Statistics:
Responsible party UNESCO Institute for Statistics Requests for UIS data:
Metadata creator information Date last updated: February 2018 release
Attributes Legend: + National Estimation a Category not applicable n Magnitude nil or negligible ‡ UIS Estimation Dataset disaggregated by field of study and sex
License CC-BY-3.0-IGO
Copyright No
Version 2018
Keywords education,field of study
Date uploaded March 8, 2018, 09:57 (UTC)
Date modified March 9, 2018, 04:53 (UTC)