First Release

Year: LIX.
Zagreb, 01 August 2022
OBR-2022-4-5

ISSN 1334-0557

STUDENTS ENROLLED ON PROFESSIONAL AND UNIVERSITY STUDY,
WINTER SEMESTER OF 2021/2022 ACADEMIC YEAR

According to the collected data in the winter semester of the 2021/2022 academic year, a total of 154 894 students enrolled in the institutions of higher education in the Republic of Croatia. The share of female students was 89 270 (57.6%).

Out of the total number of students enrolled in institutions of higher education, 81.3% enrolled in faculties, 13.0% in polytechnics, 3.9% in schools of professional higher education and 1.8% in art academies.

There were more female students among enrolled students

The largest number of female students enrolled in faculties and art academies. Thus, 53.3% of them attended professional studies on faculties and 61.1% attended university studies on faculties, while 66.3% of them attended art academies.

The most full-time students were enrolled in art academies

There were 72.6% of full-time and 27.4% of part-time students enrolled. The largest number of full-time students was enrolled in art academies (92.6%).

In the winter semester of the 2021/2022 academic year, 99.9% out of the total number of students followed the Bologna programme. Less than 0.1% of students were enrolled in a short-term professional study, 24.6% in an undergraduate professional study, 4.9% in a specialist graduate professional study, 34.2% in an undergraduate university study, 18.8% in a graduate university study and 17.3% of them were enrolled in an integrated undergraduate and graduate study. There were still 0.1% of students attending an undergraduate university study who followed the pre-Bologna programme.

The field of Social sciences was the most often chosen field of study

Regarding the scientific and artistic fields of studies, the most often chosen was the field of Social sciences (43.1%), followed by Engineering (26.0%), Biomedicine and health (12.2%), Humanities (6.3%), Biotechnical sciences (4.6%), Natural sciences (3.8%), Artistic field (2.1%) and Interdisciplinary fields of science (1.9%).

1 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, BY TYPE OF INSTITUTION, YEARS AND MODE OF STUDY, 2021/2022 ACADEMIC YEAR

   Mode of study Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year 5th year 6th year
Institutions of higher education All 154 894 55 511 50 091 36 957 5 855 5 425 1 055
  Full-time 112 444 42 665 36 042 24 145 4 356 4 231 1 005
Schools of professional higher education All 6 045 2 096 1 746 1 808 395 - -
  Full-time 3 555 1 386 945 842 382 - -
Polytechnics All 20 191 6 648 6 406 7 137 - - -
  Full-time 9 184 3 244 2 650 3 290 - - -
Faculties All 125 910 45 866 40 993 27 434 5 326 5 236 1 055
  Full-time 97 161 37 205 31 592 19 474 3 843 4 042 1 005
Professional study  All 19 598 7 022 6 352 6 181 43 - -
  Full-time 9 992 4 266 3 210 2 483 33 - -
University study  All 106 312 38 844 34 641 21 253 5 283 5 236 1 055
  Full-time 87 169 32 939 28 382 16 991 3 810 4 042 1 005
Art academies  All 2 748 901 946 578 134 189 -
  Full-time 2 544 830 855 539 131 189 -

2 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, BY TYPE OF STUDY, YEARS OF STUDY AND SEX, 2021/2022 ACADEMIC YEAR

  Sex Total 1st year 2nd year 3rd year 4th year 5th year 6th year
Institutions of higher education  All 154 894 55 511 50 091 36 957 5 855 5 425 1 055
  Male students 65 624 24 385 21 010 16 079 1 985 1 828 337
  Female students 89 270 31 126 29 081 20 878 3 870 3 597 718
According to pre-Bologna programme All 58 17 6 13 12 10 -
  Male students 48 13 6 9 12 8 -
  Female students 10 4 - 4 - 2 -
Undergraduate university study All 58 17 6 13 12 10 -
  Male students 48 13 6 9 12 8 -
  Female students 10 4 - 4 - 2 -
According to Bologna programme  All 154 836 55 494 50 085 36 944 5 843 5 415 1 055
  Male students 65 576 24 372 21 004 16 070 1 973 1 820 337
  Female students 89 260 31 122 29 081 20 874 3 870 3 595 718
Professional short-term study All 8 3 5 - - - -
  Male students 7 3 4 - - - -
  Female students 1 - 1 - - - -
Undergraduate professional study  All 38 182 12 637 9 981 15 126 438 - -
  Male students 19 752 6 913 4 944 7 647 248 - -
  Female students 18 430 5 724 5 037 7 479 190 - -
Specialist graduate professional study All 7 644 3 126 4 518 - - - -
  Male students 3 607 1 438 2 169 - - - -
  Female students 4 037 1 688 2 349 - - - -
Undergraduate university study  All 53 080 20 099 14 997 17 073 911 - -
  Male students 22 409 8 985 6 242 6 835 347 - -
  Female students 30 671 11 114 8 755 10 238 564 - -
Graduate university study All 29 122 13 267 15 855 - - - -
  Male students 10 991 4 881 6 110 - - - -
  Female students 18 131 8 386 9 745 - - - -
Integrated undergraduate and graduate study All 26 800 6 362 4 729 4 745 4 494 5 415 1 055
  Male students 8 810 2 152 1 535 1 588 1 378 1 820 337
  Female students 17 990 4 210 3 194 3 157 3 116 3 595 718

3 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, BY GROUPS OF INSTITUTIONS, TYPE OF STUDY AND SEX, 2021/2022 ACADEMIC YEAR

   Sex Total Schools of professional higher education Polytechnics Faculties Art academies
Total Professional study University study
Institutions of higher education  All 154 894 6 045 20 191 125 910 19 598 106 312 2 748
  Male students 65 624 3 508 10 712 50 479 9 146 41 333 925
  Female students 89 270 2 537 9 479 75 431 10 452 64 979 1 823
According to pre-Bologna programme All 58 - - 58 - 58 -
  Male students 48 - - 48 - 48 -
  Female students 10 - - 10 - 10 -
Undergraduate university study All 58 - - 58 - 58 -
  Male students 48 - - 48 - 48 -
  Female students 10 - - 10 - 10 -
According to Bologna programme All 154 836 6 045 20 191 125 852 19 598 106 254 2 748
  Male students 65 576 3 508 10 712 50 431 9 146 41 285 925
  Female students 89 260 2 537 9 479 75 421 10 452 64 969 1 823
Professional short-term study All 8 - - 8 8 - -
  Male students 7 - - 7 7 - -
  Female students 1 - - 1 1 - -
Undergraduate professional study All 38 182 5 014 16 624 16 544 16 544 - -
  Male students 19 752 3 003 8 761 7 988 7 988 - -
  Female students 18 430 2 011 7 863 8 556 8 556 - -
Specialist graduate professional study All 7 644 1 031 3 567 3 046 3 046 - -
  Male students 3 607 505 1 951 1 151 1 151 - -
  Female students 4 037 526 1 616 1 895 1 895 - -
Undergraduate university study All 53 080 - - 51 803 - 51 803 1 277
  Male students  22 409 - - 22 043 - 22 043 366
  Female students 30 671 - - 29 760 - 29 760 911
Graduate university study All 29 122 - - 28 301 - 28 301 821
  Male students 10 991 - - 10 700 - 10 700 291
  Female students 18 131 - - 17 601 - 17 601 530
Integrated undergraduate and graduate study All 26 800 - - 26 150 - 26 150 650
  Male students  8 810 - - 8 542 - 8 542 268
  Female students 17 990 - - 17 608 - 17 608 382

4 STUDENTS ENROLLED IN INSTITUTIONS OF HIGHER EDUCATION, BY SCENTIFIC AND ARTISTIC FIELDS OF STUDY AND SEX, 2021/2022 ACADEMIC YEAR

   Scientific and artistic field of study
All Natural sciences Engineering Biomedicine and health Biotechnical sciences Social sciences Humanities Artistic field Interdisciplinary fields of science
Total 154 894 5 861 40 347 18 959 7 110 66 685 9 782 3 269 2 881
Female students 89 270 3 794 11 675 14 120 4 346 43 960 7 122 2 080 2 173
Schools of higher professional education 6 045 - 1 630 147 310 3 658 49 238 13
Female students 2 537 - 267 94 149 1 857 19 143 8
Polytechnics 20 191 - 7 877 5 171 621 6 343 - - 179
Female students 9 479 - 1 650 3 889 311 3 542 - - 87
Faculties 125 910 5 861 30 840 13 641 6 179 56 645 9 683 689 2 372
Female students 75 431 3 794 9 758 10 137 3 886 38 532 7 062 429 1 833
Professional study 19 598 - 4 919 1 871 361 12 312 8 127 -
Female students 10 452 - 1 153 1 457 197 7 583 7 55 -
University study 106 312 5 861 25 921 11 770 5 818 44 333 9 675 562 2 372
Female students 64 979 3 794 8 605 8 680 3 689 30 949 7 055 374 1 833
Art academies 2 748 - - - - 39 50 2 342 317
Female students 1 823 - - - - 29 41 1 508 245

NOTES ON METHODOLOGY

Sources and methods of data collection

The data are the result of the annual data processing on students enrolled in institutions of higher education in the Republic of Croatia in the winter semester of the 2021/2022 academic year. The data are collected through a questionnaire entitled the Registration Sheet for the Enrolment of Students on Professional and University Study (ŠV-20 form), which is filled in by students in the process of enrolment in all years of professional or university study in either paper or electronic format. The majority of the institutions of higher education submit their data electronically from the Information system of institutions of higher education of the University Computing Centre or on their own.

Coverage and comparability

The statistical survey covers students enrolled in institutions of higher education on the territory of the Republic of Croatia in winter semester. It includes students who enrolled according to the Bologna programme in line with the Scientific Activity and Higher Education Act (NN, Nos 123/03, 198/03, 105/04, 174/04, 02/07, 46/07, 45/09, 63/11, 139/13, 101/14, 60/15 and 131/17) as well as those who continued their studies according to the pre-Bologna programme. Data are comparable to those from previous years.

Definitions and explanations

Students are persons enrolled in institutions of higher education. There are full-time and part-time students. Full-time students are those who study according to a programme based on a full-time teaching schedule. Part-time students are those who participate in the educational programme while they work or perform some other activity requiring a specific programme and methods of performing studies in line with an operational teaching plan.

Studies are organised by study programmes and classified according to the Ordinance of Scientific and Artistic Areas, Fields and Branches (NN, Nos 118/09, 82/12, 32/13 and 34/16).

Institutions of higher education are universities with faculties and academies of art as their principle components, polytechnics and schools of higher education.

Institutions of higher education can be public and private.

University is an institution that establishes and conducts university and interdisciplinary studies in at least two areas of scientific or artistic activity in a number of fields, as an autonomous and integrated process, indirectly or through its faculties, art academies and departments.

University comprises faculties, art academies, departments and institutes and other units according to the Law.

Professional studies can also be taught at universities and their component parts.

Faculty is an institution of higher education, a component part of a university, where university studies are organised and conducted, and where scientific and professional work in one or more scientific or professional fields is developed. Professional studies can also be conducted there.

Art academy is an institution of higher education, a component part of a university, where artistic studies are organised and conducted, and where top artistic endeavours and scientific activity in the field of art are nourished. Professional studies can also be conducted there.

University department is a component part of a university where study programmes are conducted, and where scientific, artistic or professional work in a particular field of science or an interdisciplinary area is developed.

Polytechnic and school of professional higher education is an institution that establishes and conducts professional courses. Polytechnic is a school of higher education that conducts at least three different studies in at least three different fields and cannot have schools of professional higher education as its component parts.

University study prepares students for performing work in science and higher education, in business, public sector and society in general and also prepares them for the development and application of scientific and professional findings. University studies are organised and conducted at universities.

University education is comprised of undergraduate, graduate and postgraduate studies. In accordance with the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS), 60 ECTS credits should be accrued during the course of one academic year.

An undergraduate university study, which normally lasts for three to four years and during which students earn 180 to 240 ECTS credits, enables students to continue their studies at a graduate university study or to enter the labour market.

A graduate university study normally lasts for one to two years and students earn 60 to 120 ECTS credits during the course of their study. The total number of credits earned at an undergraduate and graduate study is at least 300 ECTS credits.

Professional study provides students with an adequate level of knowledge and skills that enables the performance of professional occupations and prepares them for the direct entry into the labour market. Professional studies are conducted at schools of professional higher education or at polytechnics, but can also be conducted at universities.

A professional study (professional short-term study and undergraduate professional study) lasts two to three years and students earn 120 to 180 ECTS credits during the course of their study. Exceptionally, professional study may last up to four years and students earn up to 240 ECTS credits during its course.

Polytechnics or schools of professional higher education can organise a specialist graduate professional study lasting one to two years for persons who completed a professional study or an undergraduate university study. Upon the completion of a specialist graduate professional study lasting one to two years, students earn 60 to 120 ECTS credits.

Academic year starts on 1 October of the current year and ends on 30 September of the following calendar year.

 

Abbreviations
   
ECTS European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System
NN Narodne novine, official gazette of the Republic of Croatia

 

Symbols  
   
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