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Table B.3.15. OECD: Percentage distribution with tertiary education, by type of tertiary program, age group, and country: 2009

Country Tertiary-type B education   Tertiary-type A and advanced research programs   Total tertiary
25-64 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64   25-64 25-34 35-44 45-54 55-64   25-64   25-34   35-44   45-54   55-64   25-64 in thousands1
OECD average 10 11 11 10 8   21 28 23 19 16   30   37   32   27   22  
OECD total (in thousands)               204,262
                                               
OECD countries                                              
Australia 10 10 11 10 9   27 35 27 24 20   37   45   38   34   29   4,125
Austria 8 6 8 9 8   11 15 12 10 8   19   21   20   18   16   875
Belgium 16 18 18 15 12   17 24 19 15 11   33   42   37   30   23   1,943
Canada 24 26 27 24 20   25 30 29 21 21   50   56   56   45   41   9,187
Chile 8 11 10 7 3   16 24 14 14 14   24   35   24   20   17   2,004
                                               
Czech Republic   16 20 15 16 11   16 2 20 3 15 4 16 5 11 6 948
Denmark 7 9 8 7 6   27 36 31 22 20   34   45   39   28   26   978
Estonia 13 15 11 15 11   23 22 25 22 21   36   37   36   38   33   256
Finland 15 3 19 20 15   23 36 25 17 14   37   39   44   37   29   1,076
France 12 17 13 10 6   17 26 19 13 12   29   43   32   22   18   9,263
                                               
Germany 9 7 10 10 10   17 19 18 16 16   26   26   28   26   25   11,721
Greece 7 10 8 5 3   17 19 19 16 12   24   29   26   22   15   1,435
Hungary # 1 # # #   19 24 19 18 16   20   25   19   18   16   1,104
Iceland 4 2 6 4 3   29 33 33 27 20   33   36   38   32   23   53
Ireland 15 19 17 12 9   21 29 23 16 11   36   48   39   28   20   848
                                               
Israel 15 13 16 16 17   29 30 31 29 28   45   43   47   45   45   1,511
Italy # # # # #   14 20 15 11 10   15   20   15   12   10   4,836
Japan 19 24 23 19 11   25 32 25 26 16   44   56   49   45   27   29,230
Korea 12 25 12 5 1   27 38 33 21 12   39   63   44   26   13   11,042
Luxembourg 15 20 15 11 11   20 24 23 18 14   35   44   38   29   25   93
                                               
Mexico 1 1 1 1 1   16 20 15 15 10   16   20   15   15   10   7,789
Netherlands 3 2 3 3 2   30 38 30 28 25   33   40   34   31   27   2,922
New Zealand 17 16 16 18 18   23 31 26 20 16   40   47   41   38   34   851
Norway 2 1 2 3 3   34 45 38 30 24   37   47   40   33   27   915
Poland   21 35 21 13 13   21 2 35 3 21 4 13 5 13 6 4,469
                                               
Portugal   15 23 15 11 7   15 2 23 3 15 4 11 5 7 6 873
Slovak Republic 1 1 1 1 1   15 20 14 13 11   16   21   15   14   12   489
Slovenia 11 12 12 10 9   13 19 14 9 7   23   30   26   19   17   272
Spain 10 13 11 7 4   20 25 22 18 12   30   38   34   25   17   7,844
Sweden 9 8 8 9 9   24 34 26 19 18   33   42   35   29   27   1,592
                                               
Switzerland 10 9 12 11 9   25 31 26 22 19   35   40   38   33   28   1,512
Turkey   13 17 11 10 10   13 2 17 3 11 4 10 5 10 6 4,065
United Kingdom 10 9 11 11 9   27 36 28 23 19   37   45   39   34   29   11,992
United States 10 9 10 11 9   31 32 33 29 32   41   41   43   40   41   66,148
                                               
Other G20 non-OECD member countries                                              
Argentina7     14 8         2,909
Brazil   11 12 11 11 9   11 2 12 3 11 4 11 5 9 6 10,502
China9     5 8 6 10 5 11 3 12 3 13 31,137
India              
Indonesia14     4 8         5,447
                                               
Russian Federation15 33 34 37 34 26   21 21 21 20 19   54   55   58   54   44  
Saudi Arabia16     15 8         1,594
South Africa14     4 8         1023
— Not available.
† Not applicable.
# Rounds to zero.
1Refers to absolute numbers (in thousands).
2Total tertiary education for 25- to 64-year-olds includes data for tertiary education type B for 25- to 64-year-olds
3Total tertiary education for 25- to .34-year-olds includes data for tertiary education type B for 25- to .34-year-olds.
4Total tertiary education for 35- to 44-year-olds includes data for tertiary education type B for 35- to 44-year-olds.
5Total tertiary education for 45- to 54-year-olds includes data for tertiary education type B for 45- to 54-year-olds.
6Total tertiary education for 55- to 64-year-olds includes data for tertiary education type B for 55- to 64-year-olds.
7Year of reference 2003. SOURCE: UNESCO/UIS, educational attainment of 25-year-olds and older.
8Total tertiary education for 25-year-olds and older includes data for tertiary education type B for 25- to 64-year-olds, and tertiary education type A and advanced research programs for 25- to 64-year-olds.
9Year of reference 2000. SOURCE: 2000 census, Chinese National Bureau of Statistics, education level (college, university and master and above) of 25- to 64-year-olds.
10Total tertiary education for 25- to .34-year-olds includes data for tertiary education type B for 25- to .34-year-olds, and tertiary education type A and advanced research programs for 25- to .34-year-olds.
11Total tertiary education for 35- to 44-year-olds includes data for tertiary education type B for 35- to 44-year-olds, and tertiary education type A and advanced research programs for 35- to 44-year-olds.
12Total tertiary education for 45- to 54-year-olds includes data for tertiary education type B for 45- to 54-year-olds, and tertiary education type A and advanced research programs for 45- to 54-year-olds.
13Total tertiary education for 55- to 64-year-olds includes data for tertiary education type B for 55- to 64-year-olds, and tertiary education type A and advanced research programs for 55- to 64-year-olds.
14Year of reference 2007. SOURCE: UNESCO/UIS, educational attainment of 25-year-olds and older.
15Year of reference 2002.
16Year of reference 2004. SOURCE: UNESCO/UIS, educational attainment of 25-year-olds and older.
NOTE: Tertiary type-B education includes vocational higher education programs. Tertiary education type-A education includes academic higher education programs.
SOURCE: Data from Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD). (2011). Education at a Glance: OECD Indicators 2011, table A1.3a Paris: Author.
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