Regional education statistics (reg_educ)

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Compiling agency: Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union

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Reference metadata
1. Contact
2. Metadata update
3. Statistical presentation
4. Unit of measure
5. Reference Period
6. Institutional Mandate
7. Confidentiality
8. Release policy
9. Frequency of dissemination
10. Accessibility and clarity
11. Quality management
12. Relevance
13. Accuracy
14. Timeliness and punctuality
15. Coherence and comparability
16. Cost and Burden
17. Data revision
18. Statistical processing
19. Comment
Related Metadata
Annexes (including footnotes)

For any question on data and metadata, please contact: EUROPEAN STATISTICAL DATA SUPPORT


1. Contact Top
1.1. Contact organisation Eurostat, the statistical office of the European Union
1.2. Contact organisation unit F5: Education, health and social protection
1.5. Contact mail address 2920 Luxembourg LUXEMBOURG

2. Metadata update Top
2.1. Metadata last certified 23/02/2011
2.2. Metadata last posted 23/02/2011
2.3. Metadata last update 23/02/2011

3. Statistical presentation Top
3.1. Data description

The aim of this section is to provide comparable statistics and indicators on education in the 27 Member States of the European Union, at the regional level NUTS 2. In order to facilitate comparison between countries, data from each Member State are allocated to the various education levels of the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED), UNESCO 1997.

3.2. Classification system

International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED)

The regional breakdown of the EU Member States is based on the  Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS)

For more details, see: Reference Guide (see Annex at the bottom of the page).

3.3. Coverage - sector

Not applicable.

3.4. Statistical concepts and definitions

When making international comparisons, it is important to take into account the differences and the most recent changes in the national education and training systems, the reorganisation of the data collection on education statistics and, in particular, the revision of the international classification.
Regional education data are collected and published according to the Nomenclature of Territorial Units for Statistics (NUTS), a harmonised hierarchical classification of territorial units established by EUROSTAT for the production of regional statistics.

3.5. Statistical unit


3.6. Statistical population

The statistics contained in this dataset refer to education in the ordinary school and university system, as defined in the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED). The data cover full- and part-time-students in public and private establishments. They cover school-based general education and vocational education/training (including combined school- and work-based programmes such as dual system apprenticeship). Exclusively (initial and continuing) work-based training is not included in the statistics.

3.7. Reference area

European Union member states, candidate and EFTA countries.

3.8. Coverage - Time

From school/ academic year 1999/2000.

3.9. Base period

Not applicable.

4. Unit of measure Top

Number of students.

5. Reference Period Top

The reference period is the school/academic year. In the disseminated tables  2008 stands for the school/academic year 2007/2008 2009 for 2008/2009 and so on.

6. Institutional Mandate Top
6.1. Institutional Mandate - legal acts and other agreements

A gentleman's agreement governs the collection of data.

6.2. Institutional Mandate - data sharing

Not applicable

7. Confidentiality Top
7.1. Confidentiality - policy

Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.

7.2. Confidentiality - data treatment

Not applicable

8. Release policy Top
8.1. Release calendar

Data are disseminated on an annual basis, normally in December.

8.2. Release calendar access

Not available.

8.3. Release policy - user access

In line with the Community legal framework and the European Statistics Code of Practice Eurostat disseminates European statistics on Eurostat's website (see item 10 - 'Accessibility and clarity') respecting professional independence and in an objective, professional and transparent manner in which all users are treated equitably. The detailed arrangements are governed by the Eurostat protocol on impartial access to Eurostat data for users.

9. Frequency of dissemination Top


10. Accessibility and clarity Top
10.1. Dissemination format - News release

News releases on-line

10.2. Dissemination format - Publications

Eurostat Regional yearbook.

10.3. Dissemination format - online database

Please consult free data on-line or refer to contact details.

10.4. Dissemination format - microdata access

Not available.

10.5. Dissemination format - other


10.6. Documentation on methodology

A Reference Guide (see Annex at the bottom of the page) on regional statistics is produced yearly with information on domain/collection/tables structure and methodological notes.

10.7. Quality management - documentation

When applicable, in the Reference Guide (see Annex at the bottom of the page)

11. Quality management Top
11.1. Quality assurance

Not available.

11.2. Quality management - assessment

Not available.

12. Relevance Top
12.1. Relevance - User Needs

Not available.

12.2. Relevance - User Satisfaction

Not available.

12.3. Completeness

Not available.

13. Accuracy Top
13.1. Accuracy - overall

Not available.

13.2. Sampling error

Not available.

13.3. Non-sampling error

Not available.

14. Timeliness and punctuality Top
14.1. Timeliness

Data are disseminated 1 year after the end of the reference period.

14.2. Punctuality

Not available.

15. Coherence and comparability Top
15.1. Comparability - geographical

UK and DE data are collected and published at the regional level NUTS 1.

15.2. Comparability - over time

Not available.

15.3. Coherence - cross domain

Not available.

15.4. Coherence - internal

Not available.

16. Cost and Burden Top

Not available.

17. Data revision Top
17.1. Data revision - policy

Not defined.

17.2. Data revision - practice

Not available.

18. Statistical processing Top
18.1. Source data

The source of data is the joint UIS (UNESCO Institute of Statistics)/OECD/Eurostat (UOE) questionnaires on education statistics, which constitute the core database on education.  The UOE data collection is an administrative data collection that is administered jointly by the United Nations Educational, Scientific, and Cultural Organisation - Institute for Statistics (UNESCO-UIS), the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), and the Statistical Office of the European Union (EUROSTAT). Data on regional enrolments are collected additionally by Eurostat.

Countries provide data on the basis of commonly agreed definitions.

Moreover, auxiliary data from statistics on demography (e.g. population) are used to calculate some of the indicators.

18.2. Frequency of data collection


18.3. Data collection

Data are collected through data collection tables and electronic questionnaires that are returned by countries to a unique e-mail address.

18.4. Data validation

Eurostat processes and verifies the data after their reception.

18.5. Data compilation

Not available.

18.6. Adjustment

Not defined

19. Comment Top

Not available.

Related metadata Top

Annexes Top
Reference Guide