First Release

Year: LIX.
Zagreb, 07 April 2022
OBR-2022-4-3

ISSN 1334-0557

UNIVERSITY SPECIALISTS, 2021

According to the data of the Croatian Bureau of Statistics, 521 university specialists obtained their degree in 2021. The share of women in that number amounted to 345, that is, 66.2%.

More women than men among university specialists

Out of the total number of university specialists, 57.6% completed a postgraduate specialist study at the University of Zagreb, 18.4% at the University of Rijeka, 14.5% at the University of Osijek, 5.2% at the University of Split, 1.9% at the University North, Koprivnica, 0.8% (each) at the Libertas International University and at the University of Pula – Pola, 0.6% at the University of Zadar, and 0.2% at the University of Slavonski Brod.

The highest share of female university specialists obtained their degree at the University of Zadar and at the Libertas International University, Zagreb (100.0%), followed by the University North, Koprivnica (80.0%), University of Osijek (78.9%), University of Zagreb (64.3%), University of Split (62.9%), University of Rijeka (60.4%) and University of Pula – Pola (50.0%). There were no female university specialists at the University of Slavonski Brod.

Social sciences the most often chosen field of specialist theses

In 2021, the greatest number of specialist theses was written in the field of Social sciences (40.7%), followed by Biomedicine and health (38.0%), Engineering (7.3%), Interdisciplinary fields of science (6.5%), Biotechnical sciences (3.8%), Natural sciences (1.7%), Artistic field (1.2%) and Humanities (0.8%).

The largest number of university specialists in the 30 to 34 age group

Regarding age, the largest number of all university specialists was classified in the 30 – 34 age group (36.3%) and the smallest one in the 50-and-over age group (6.3%). There were 8.1% of university specialists in the up-to-29 age group, 25.1% in the 35 – 39 age group, 13.4% in the 40 – 44 age group and 10.8% in the 45 – 49 age group.

Out of the total number of university specialists, 93.5% of them had previously graduated in the Republic of Croatia and 6.5% outside the Republic of Croatia.

The largest number of university specialists employed in Human health and social work activities

The greatest number of university specialists were employed in Human health and social work activities (28.6%), followed by Public administration and defence; compulsory social security (17.5%), Professional, scientific and technical activities and Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles (9.8% each), Education (8.1%), Financial and insurance activities (5.2%), Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply (3.8%) and Manufacturing (2.3%). There were 12.2% of university specialists employed in other activities, while 2.7% were unemployed.

The costs of studies mostly paid by employers

Regarding the costs of postgraduate university studies leading to a university specialist, 50.7% of them were paid by employers, 46.6% by university specialists themselves, while the costs of 2.7% belonged to the category Other.

1 UNIVERSITY SPECIALISTS, BY UNIVERSITY AND SCIENTIFIC AND ARTISTIC FIELDS OF THEIR SPECIALIST THESES, 2021

   Total Women Scientific and artistic field of specialist thesis
Natural sciences Engineering Biomedicine and health Biotechnical sciences Social sciences Humanities Artistic field Interdisciplinary fields of sciences
Total 521 345 9 38 198 20 212 4 6 34
University of Osijek 76 60 - - 32 19 20 - 5 -
University of Pula – Pola 4 2 - - - - 4 - - -
University of Rijeka 96 58 - 1 36 - 59 - - -
University of Slavonski Brod 1 - - 1 - - - - - -
University of Split 27 17 - - 16 - 7 4 - -
University of Zadar 3 3 - - - - 3 - - -
University of Zagreb 300 193 9 36 110 1 109 - 1 34
Libertas International University, Zagreb 4 4 - - 4 - - - - -
University North, Koprivnica 10 8 - - - - 10 - - -

2 UNIVERSITY SPECIALISTS, BY SCIENTIFIC AND ARTISTIC FIELDS OF THEIR SPECIALIST THESES, AGE GROUPS AND SEX, 2021

   Total Age groups
All Women Up to 29 30 – 34 35 – 39 40 – 44 45 – 49 50 and over
Total 521 345 42 189 131 70 56 33
Natural sciences 9 9 1 2 4 - 2 -
Mathematics 9 9 1 2 4 - 2 -
Engineering 38 14 3 11 9 5 3 7
Architecture and town planning 8 4 1 2 - 1 1 3
Electrical engineering 8 1 - 1 2 1 2 2
Civil engineering 4 3 - 3 1 - - -
Computer science 8 - 1 1 2 3 - 1
Mechanical engineering 3 - 1 2 - - - -
Technology of transport and traffic 1 - - - 1 - - -
Interdisciplinary engineering sciences 6 6 - 2 3 - - 1
Biomedicine and health  198 132 17 104 44 16 12 5
Basic medical sciences 23 13 4 14 3 1 1 -
Clinical medicine 65 44 6 40 17 - 2 -
Public health and health care 23 20 1 9 3 5 3 2
Veterinary medicine 19 6 - 6 10 2 - 1
Dental medicine 23 11 1 12 3 2 4 1
Pharmacy 45 38 5 23 8 6 2 1
Biotechnical sciences 20 17 - 5 5 1 6 3
Agronomy 1 - - - - - 1 -
Forestry 1 1 - - 1 - - -
Nutrition 18 16 - 5 4 1 5 3
Social sciences 212 136 18 58 61 41 21 13
Economics 111 69 7 37 28 20 12 7
Law 21 16 - - 10 7 2 2
Political science 39 23 7 12 9 6 4 1
Information and communication sciences 10 9 2 4 1 2 1 -
Psychology 4 4 2 1 - 1 - -
Education and rehabilitation sciences 5 5 - 1 3 1 - -
Social work 4 3 - - 3 1 - -
Security and defence 7 2 - 2 2 1 2 -
Interdisciplinary social sciences 11 5 - 1 5 2 - 3
Humanities 4 2 1 - - 2 1 -
Theology 4 2 1 - - 2 1 -
Artistic field 6 5 1 2 2 - 1 -
Music arts 1 - - 1 - - - -
Interdisciplinary artistic field 5 5 1 1 2 - 1 -
Interdisciplinary fields of science 34 30 1 7 6 5 10 5
Educational sciences 5 5 - 3 1 - - 1
Other interdisciplinary fields 29 25 1 4 5 5 10 4

3 UNIVERSITY SPECIALISTS, BY UNIVERSITY AT WHICH THEY ATTAINED THEIR TITLES, BY COUNTRY IN WHICH THEY GRADUATED AND BY SEX, 2021

    Total University
All Women Osijek Pula – Pola Rijeka Slavonski Brod Split Zadar Zagreb Libertas North
Total 521 345 76 4 96 1 27 3 300 4 10
Graduated in Republic of Croatia 487 327 66 4 91 1 25 3 283 4 10
Graduated outside Republic of Croatia 34 18 10 - 5 - 2 - 17 - -
Bosnia and Herzegovina 18 9 6 - 2 - 1 - 9 - -
Italy 2 2 - - 1 - - - 1 - -
Kosovo 2 1 1 - - - - - 1 - -
Germany 1 - - - - - 1 - - - -
Slovenia 3 2 - - 2 - - - 1 - -
Serbia 8 4 3 - - - - - 5 - -

4 UNIVERSITY SPECIALISTS, BY ACTIVITY OF EMPLOYMENT, BY WAY OF PAYING FOR POSTGRADUATE STUDY AND BY SEX, 2021

     Total Way of paying for postgraduate study
All Women Employer Themselves Other
Total 521 345 264 243 14
Employees 507 335 264 230 13
Agriculture, forestry and fishing 1 1 - 1 -
Mining and quarrying 1 1 1 - -
Manufacturing 12 9 3 9 -
Electricity, gas, steam and air conditioning supply 20 8 15 5 -
Water supply; sewerage, waste management and remediation activities 4 3 2 2 -
Construction 9 5 7 2 -
Wholesale and retail trade; repair of motor vehicles and motorcycles 51 41 21 30 -
Transportation and storage 11 5 7 4 -
Accommodation and food service activities 5 2 3 2 -
Information and communication 11 5 5 5 1
Financial and insurance activities 27 24 15 11 1
Real estate activities 1 - - 1 -
Professional, scientific and technical activities 51 21 26 22 3
Public administration and defence; compulsory social security 91 60 37 53 1
Education 42 35 9 30 3
Human health and social work activities 149 101 107 38 4
Arts, entertainment and recreation 8 5 2 6 -
Other service activities 11 7 4 7 -
Activities of extraterritorial organizations 2 2 - 2 -
Unemployed 14 10 - 13 1

NOTES ON METHODOLOGY

Sources and methods of data collection

The data were obtained by the annual collection and processing of the Statistical Sheets for University Specialists (ŠV-80 form), which are filled in by university specialists in the course of attaining this title.

Coverage and comparability

The statistical survey covers institutions of higher education in the Republic of Croatia that establish and carry out university postgraduate specialist study according to the Act on Scientific Activity and Higher Education (NN, Nos 123/03, 198/03, 105/04, 174/04, 02/07, 46/07, 45/09, 63/11, 94/13, 139/13, 101/14, 60/15 and 131/17).

Data are comparable to data from previous years.

Definitions and explanations

Institution of higher education is every institution providing higher education and authorised to establish and carry out a study as well as scientific highly qualified or artistic work. Institutions of higher education are divided to: university and adjoining faculties and art academies, polytechnic and school of higher education. Institutions of higher education may be public and private.

Interdisciplinary studies cover many different scientific fields. They are conducted in cooperation by institutions of higher education and institutes.

Postgraduate specialist study can be enrolled after the completion of a graduate university study.

University specialist title for a particular area (Univ. Spec.) is a person who completed a postgraduate specialist study, prepared a final work and/or passed an appropriate final exam (ISCED, level 7). In exceptional cases, persons who completed a postgraduate specialist study in medicine, dental medicine and veterinary medicine attain the title of a university master with an indication of the area in question. in accordance with the name of the specialist study programme classified according to the Ordinance on Scientific and Artistic Areas, Fields and Branches (NN, Nos 118/09, 82/12, 32/13, and 34/16).

 

Abbreviations

ISCED International Standard Classification of Education
NN Narodne novine, official gazette of the Republic of Croatia

Symbols

- no occurrence

 

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