Education is one of the most important factors available
to a society for assessing human capital. The purpose of education statistics
is to compile and analyse information that is relevant to education
and to present it as concisely as possible.
Responsibility for education is initially assumed
by the formal education system, which comprises educational institutions
from kindergartens through schools to universities. The statistics,
which are primarily derived from legal educational documentation, provide
an overview of participation in education, i.e. regular attendance at
day care centres, schools and universities. Data is also available on
the level of qualifications achieved by graduates and also on young
people who are no longer in education. Furthermore, information is available
on the institutions themselves and on investments in the education system
made by society in the form of education expenditure or teaching staff.
A cross-section overview of the highest level of education achieved
by the Austrian population supplements the data on the current acquisition
Alongside formal basic education, continuing education
in the sense of lifelong learning is becoming increasingly important.
Statistics describe the population’s participation in continuing education
as evidenced by the questioning of individuals and by surveys of enterprises
relating to their continuing vocational training activities. In addition,
figures are available on the take-up of educational opportunities offered
by particular adult education institutions.
This publication gives an overview about the state
of education in Austria. Results and indicators are represented in the
form of texts, tables and figures and offer information concerning the
different educational domains as the school and university systems,
adult education, educational pathways, educational attainment and public
educational expenditure. This publication is complemented by another
edition which contains a huge set of different tables.
The formal structure of the Austrian educational system is shown in the