Youngest generations: women more often highly educated than men
The share of higher education (HBO and WO) graduates is higher among women than men in the younger generations. Of all women aged 25 to 34 years, for example, nearly 52 percent have a higher education diploma. Among men, this is around 10 percentage points lower. The reverse holds true for the older generations. In the male population aged 65 to 74 years, 26 percent have a higher education qualification. This is close to 16 percent among their female peers. Many in the youngest generation are still attending education and are likely to obtain a higher education diploma in the future.
Women form a majority at both HBO and WO level
Nowadays, it is much more common to continue studying and opt for a higher education programme. This is evident from the growing number of enrolments at HBO and WO level. In the academic year 2017/’18, there were altogether 374 thousand female and 357 thousand male students. One decade ago, this was 296 thousand and 277 thousand, respectively. Since the second half of the 1990s, the majority of HBO students have been female. A similar turning point was reached almost ten years later in academic (WO) education, where female students started to outnumber male students as of 2006/’07.
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