The Number of Graduates in Sweden are Declining

The number of graduates from Swedish higher education institutions decreased by 1,100 over the course of the 2021–2022 academic year, totaling 73,500 graduates during this time. In line with prior years, 64 percent of graduates were women, according to the University Chancellor’s Office (UK), but 900 fewer males graduated this academic year, indicating that men’s graduation rates were higher, on the contrary these figures for women were 200 persons.

While bachelor’s and master’s degrees saw declining numbers of graduates, the most degrees were awarded in the fields of social sciences, business, law, and administration. However, the only category that saw an increase in graduates was those with a university degree.

With 4,440 total degrees awarded, civil engineering degrees were the most common vocational degrees, followed by nursing. The number of graduates with civil engineering degrees fell by 320 over the previous academic year. This implies that the vocational degree experienced the biggest decline. The number of degrees in basic education, specialized nursing, and sociology increased at the same time.

Similarly, as predicted by the UK’s estimate earlier indicates, there are fewer PhD students in Sweden. This prediction states that as interest in postgraduate education declines, there will be a decline in the number of PhD students during the next ten to fifteen years.

“Roughly 5,000, 3,200, and 3,500 PhD graduates will retire across the three five-year periods (2021-2025, 2026-2030, and 2031-2035) covered by the forecast, respectively. There will be 11,700 postgraduates overall throughout the anticipated period, of which 10,700 have earned doctoral degrees, according to the research.

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