Percentage of female students in each ISCED level of tertiary education


Female enrolment in each ISCED level of tertiary education, expressed as a percentage of total enrolment in the same ISCED level.

Data source

Census, surveys or records of tertiary educational institutions and programmes.

Calculation method

Divide the number of female tertiary students enrolled in a specified ISCED level by the total number of students in that level, and multiply the result by 100.

Data required

Enrolment in tertiary education by ISCED level and by gender.


A figure approaching 50% indicates a good level of gender parity. It is also useful to compare the percentages of female students for different levels and fields of education. When disaggregated by field of education, this indicator can identify those fields more or less attractive for a specified gender.


Caution is required when using this indicator for cross-country comparison and over time, since tertiary education programmes vary widely in duration, intensity and degree of theoretical and applied content and their correspondence to ISCED may be subject to change.


To assess gender disparity with regard to participation in different levels of tertiary education.

Quality standards

This indicator requires complete and reliable data on enrolment by gender in tertiary education and consistency in definitions of different levels and programmes according to ISCED.

Types of disaggregation

By field of education.