Nearly one in five graduates in Malta hails from the field of education, making it the highest rate in all of the EU, according to Eurostat.
The proportion of graduates in the field of education was 18 per cent in Malta. Comparable rates could be found in Spain (16 per cent) and Hungary and Cyprus (17 per cent). Conversely, fewer than 5 per cent of graduates in Italy, France and Romania come from the educational division.
On the other hand, Malta turned out a relatively low share of graduates in engineering, manufacturing and construction. Just like Luxembourg, the Netherlands and the United Kingdom, fewer than 10 per cent of graduates emerge with a degree in these fields in Malta, compared with the relatively high shares recorded in Austria (20 per cent), Portugal (21 per cent) and Germany (22 per cent).
Tertiary education is defined as the level of education following secondary schooling and is provided by universities and other higher education institutions.
Students in Luxembourg and Bulgaria seem to gravitate naturally to social sciences, journalism, information, business, administration and law, with graduates in these areas accounting for 52 per cent and 49 per cent respectively. The share of graduates in these areas was relatively low in Finland and Spain, where they accounted for just over one quarter of all graduates in 2016.
Health and welfare students accounted for fewer than 8 per cent of graduates in Luxembourg, Bulgaria, Germany, Austria and Cyprus, while the highest numbers were found in Finland and Denmark (both 20 per cent), Sweden (22 per cent) and Belgium (27 per cent).
The United Kingdom (15 per cent) and Italy (16 per cent) produced a respectable share of arts and humanities graduates, while tertiary-level students in Latvia, Slovakia, Austria, Poland, Bulgaria and Sweden seem to be shunning these subjects.
Finally, Germany (14 per cent), Ireland (15 per cent) and the UK (17 per cent) produced the highest share of natural sciences, mathematics, statistics, and ICT graduates, while graduates in these subjects from Belgium, Cyprus, Lithuania and Bulgaria amounted to fewer than 7 per cent.