Latest data published by the National Statistics Office (NSO) shows that Tertiary-level graduates totalled 4,146 during academic year 2017-2018, equivalent to a decrease of 9.5 per cent over the previous academic year. The largest share of tertiary graduates (57.5 per cent) attained a first-degree qualification at ISCED level 6 (Bachelor’s or equivalent). This was followed by 32.1 per cent of total graduates who attained their qualification at ISCED Level 7 (Master’s or equivalent). The majority of tertiary graduates (55.7 per cent) were females, surpassing males in all levels of tertiary education.
Most tertiary-level graduates were aged between 20-24 (64.7 per cent), followed by those within the 25-29 age bracket. During academic year 2017-2018, 76.0 per cent of graduates were enrolled on a full-time basis. Foreign graduates totalled 377, equivalent to 9.1 per cent of total tertiary-level graduates, with the majority being non-EU nationals.
The ‘Business, administration and law’ field of study was the most popular amongst graduates in academic year 2017-2018, accounting for 31.3 per cent of all tertiary-level graduates, followed by graduates in the ‘Health and Welfare’ field of study. ‘Agriculture, forestry, fisheries and veterinary’ was the least popular field of study among tertiary graduates.