Table 1-15
First-time entry rates into postsecondary education in OECD countries, by sex: 2007
(Percent)
 
Country Both sexes Male Female
 
Australia 86 75 96
Poland 78 72 85
New Zealand 76 63 90
Slovak Republic 74 61 87
Iceland 73 55 92
Sweden 73 62 85
Finland 71 62 80
Norway 66 52 81
United States 65 57 72
Portugal 64 57 72
Hungary 63 55 71
Korea 61 63 59
Netherlands 60 56 65
Denmark 57 45 71
OECD average 56 50 63
United Kingdom 55 48 63
Czech Republic 54 47 60
Italy 53 45 61
Japan 46 52 40
Ireland 44 41 48
Greece 43 33 55
Austria 42 38 45
Spain 41 35 48
Switzerland 39 38 40
Germany 34 34 35
Mexico 32 32 32
Belgium 30 29 31
Turkey 29 32 26
 

OECD = Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development

NOTES: Table includes data on programs that provide education that is largely theoretical and is intended to provide sufficient qualifications for gaining entry to advanced research programs and professions with high-skill requirements. Entry into these programs normally requires successful completion of upper secondary education (e.g., high school); admission is competitive in most cases. Minimum cumulative theoretical duration at this level is 3 years of full-time enrollment. OECD calculates entry rates by dividing number of first-time entrants of specific age in each type of tertiary program by total population in corresponding age group and then adding results for each single year of age. Mismatches between coverage of population data and student/graduate data mean participation/ graduation rates for countries that are net exporters of students may be underestimated and countries that are net importers may be overestimated.

SOURCE: OECD, Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2008 (2008).

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