An estimated 41% of Europeans aged 25-34 years had completed tertiary education in 2020, with Greece meeting the EU average at nearly 40%, show the latest figures.
According to the Eurostat report, there is a clear gender difference among those with tertiary education: a larger share of women (46%) aged 25-34 had completed tertiary education than men (35%).
While the share of men with tertiary education has been on the increase over the last ten years, the rate of growth has been slower than for women. As a result, the gender gap has increased to 10.8 % from 9.4% in 2011.
The EU Member States have set themselves a target of increasing the share of the EU population aged 25-34 who have completed tertiary education to 45% by 2030.
Eleven Member States have already met the 2030 EU-level target for this indicator: Belgium, Denmark, Ireland, Spain, France, Cyprus, Lithuania, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Slovenia and Sweden. In five of these, more than half of people aged 25-34 had a tertiary level of education in 2020: Luxembourg (61%), Ireland and Cyprus (both 58%), Lithuania (56%) and the Netherlands (52%).
In contrast, the lowest shares were recorded in Romania (25%), Italy (29%), Hungary (31%), Bulgaria and Czechia (both 33%).