Completed education

The upper secondary level gives a first qualification to young people who have completed compulsory education. The secondary school diplomas acquired in this way give access to the next level (e.g. the Matura followed by university); alternatively, they enable young people to enter the labour market as skilled workers.

The proportion of women with a completed secondary level general education is higher than that of men. But men account for a higher proportion of graduates from vocational training at secondary level. Also at tertiary level more men than women complete a professional education and training. Women have caught up with and overtaken men in graduation rates from universities.


Federal Statistical Office Section Demography and Migration
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