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Basque Country youths aged 25 to 34 lead the EU in two education-related innovation indicators

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Now that the 2019-2020 school year is coming to an end; at the Basque Youth Observatory, we would like to compare data on the educational and innovation outcomes of youths in the Basque Country with the data relating to young people in the various EU countries.

More specifically, we shall compare the percentage of the population aged 25 to 34 with tertiary qualifications (higher education, university degrees, postgraduate studies, master’s degrees or PhDs) and the rate of new PhD graduates per 1000 people in the same age group (25-34 years).

These data are taken from the European Innovation Scoreboard published by Eustat (Basque Institute of Statistics (leiho berri batean irekitzen da). The main goal of this European Innovation Scoreboard (EIS) is to conduct a comparative analysis of the innovation performance of EU Member states and to identify the strengths and weaknesses of research and innovation systems. Of the 27 indicators that make up the scoreboard, we have selected those two that are directly related to youth.

In 2018, just over half of the population of the Basque Country aged 25 to 34 had tertiary qualifications (51.2%).

This figure clearly exceeded the average of the 28 member states that made up the European Union in 2018 (40.0%), and was only surpassed by Cyprus (58.5%), Ireland (56.2%), Lithuania (55.6%) and Luxembourg (53.7%).

Percentage of young people aged 25 to 34 with tertiary qualifications in 2018, by EU Member States (EU-28)

On the other hand, the rate of new PhD graduates per 1000 people in the 25 to 34 age group in the Basque Country was 3.47‰ in 2017 (last available data).

This figure was well above the European average, which stood at 1.3‰; indeed, the rate in the Basque Country was the highest in Europe.

Rate of new PhD graduates per 1000 people aged 25 to 34 in 2017, by EU-28 Member States