In 2022, 42% of the EU population aged 25-34 years had tertiary education, which was an increase of 1 percentage point (pp) compared with 2021 (41%). However, this still fell short by 3 pp from the EU's 2030 target, which aims for 45% of the EU population in the same age group to have tertiary education.


Bar chart: Tertiary education attainment in the EU, % of women and men aged 25-34, 2022

Source dataset: edat_lfse_03


The gender disparity in tertiary education is clear: among individuals aged 25-34, a higher percentage of women have tertiary education compared with men (48% of women and 37% of men, respectively).


Source dataset: edat_lfse_03


Almost half of the EU countries have already met the 2030 EU-level target for this indicator: Ireland (62%), Luxembourg (61%), Cyprus (59%), Lithuania (58%), the Netherlands (56%), Sweden (52%), Spain and Belgium (both 51%), France (50%), Denmark (49%), Slovenia (47%), Latvia (46%) and Greece (45%).

In contrast, the lowest shares were recorded in Romania (25%), Italy (29%) and Hungary (32%).

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Methodological notes

  • Tertiary education: ISCED 2011 levels 5-8. 

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