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Graduates are those who successfully complete an educational programme during the reference year of the data collection. One condition of a successful completion is that students should have enrolled in, and successfully completed, the final year of the corresponding educational programme, although not necessarily in the year of reference.

Graduates are those students who were enrolled in the final year of a level of education (e.g., upper secondary education) and who completed it successfully during the reference year, regardless of their age. However, there are exceptions (especially in tertiary education) where graduation can also be recognised by the awarding of a certificate without the requirement that the participants are enrolled. (Education at a Glance, OECD, Paris, 2002, Glossary)

Source Publication:
2001 Data Collection on Education Systems: Definitions, Explanations and Instructions, UNESCO, OECD, Eurostat, page 39.

Cross References:
Discontinuers (students)
Graduation/Successful completion
Gross graduation rates
Net graduation rates
Unduplicated total count of graduates

Statistical Theme: Education and training statistics

Created on Tuesday, September 25, 2001

Last updated on Thursday, February 13, 2003