Degrees in mathematics, science and technology

  • 19% of awarded degrees in higher education is a mathematics, science or technology degree

    In 2018, 19% of the total number of the degrees awarded by higher education institutions in the Flemish Community were mathematics, science or technology degrees. This share remained fairly stable between 2015 and 2018.

    The share of degrees in these fields is higher among men than among women. In 2018 this share amounted to 35% of all degrees among men and 8% among women.

  • Flanders performs poorly by European standards for degrees in mathematics, science and technology

    With 19% of degrees in mathematics, science and technology, Flanders performed rather poorly in comparison with countries of the European Union (EU) in 2018. At the top are Germany (35%) and Austria (31%). On average, a quarter of higher education degrees in the European Union are degrees in mathematics, science or technology. With 17% Belgium and the Netherlands rank below the European average and Flanders.

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Degrees in mathematics, science and technology in higher education: degrees in the international specified fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (UNESCO – ISCED Fields of Education and Training 2013). These are the subjects that are directly related to professions in technology-innovative areas. 

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21 January 2021

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October 2021

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