Number of students in tertiary education per 100,000 inhabitants

Definition

Number of students enrolled in tertiary education in a given academic-year per 100,000 inhabitants.

Calculation method

Divide the total number of students enrolled in tertiary education in a given academic-year by the country’s population and multiply the result by 100,000.

Data required

Enrolment in tertiary education and total population.

Data source

Censuses, surveys or records of tertiary educational institutions and programmes, and population census.

Interpretation

A high number of students per 100,000 inhabitants indicates a generally high level of participation in tertiary education in relation to a country's population.

Limitations

As this indicator takes into account the entire population in a country instead of the age group corresponding to tertiary education, its comparability may be affected by the relative weight of this latter within the entire population. When data are available for students and/or population by age, more precise assessment of participation in tertiary education can be made by using the age specific and/or gross enrolment ratios. (ASER, GER).

Purpose

This indicator shows the general level of participation in tertiary education by indicating the proportion (or density) of students within a country’s population.

Quality standards

This indicator should be based on complete and reliable data on students in all levels and types of tertiary education. In principle, it should refer to all students within a country's territory, irrespective of nationality or origin, and it should not take into account nationals studying in another country nor those enrolled in branches of national tertiary education in another country.

Types of disaggregation

By sex.