The UOE Database
The UNESCO/OECD/EUROSTAT (UOE) database on education statistics is compiled on the basis of national administrative sources, reported by Ministries of Education or National Statistical offices according to international standards, definitions and classifications. The collected annual data cover the outputs of educational institutions, the policy levers that shape educational outputs, the human and financial resources invested in education, structural characteristics of education systems, and the economic and social outcomes of education. The main purpose of this database is to produce and publish indicators and analysis on the operation, evolution and impact of education, from early childhood through formal education to learning and training throughout life. The main publications based on these data are the annual publications Education at a Glance and Education Policy Analysis.
All the definitions and conventions used in the underlying data collection, as well as the methodologies used to compile the published statistics and indicators derived from them, are presented in the OECD Handbook for Internationally Comparative Education Statistics: Concepts, Standards, Definitions and Classifications
Note that the trend data reported in this online database may not always be comparable due to changes in definitions and coverage that were made as a result of meetings with OECD countries.
This dataset consists of data on the distribution of all students (all levels of education) and students in adult education programmes (from primary to post-secondary non-teriary level of education). The number of students enrolled refers to the count of students studying in the beginning of the school / academic year. Each student enrolled in the education programmes covered by the corresponding category is counted once and only once.
Foreign and international /mobile students enrolled
This dataset consists of data on the distribution of foreign and international students. The term "International students" tries to better capture international mobility of students than foreign students. Here, foreign students are defined as non-citizens of the country in which they study, and international students are defined either as students who are not permanent or usual residents of their country of study or alternatively as students who obtained their prior education in a different country.
New entrants by sex and age
This dataset consists of data on new entrants to a level of education. Here, new entrants are students who are entering any programme leading to a recognised qualification at this level of education for the first time, irrespective of whether the students enter the programme at the beginning or at an advanced stage of the programme. Individuals who are returning to study at a level following a period of absence from studying at that same level are not considered to be new entrants. Foreign students who are enrolling for the first time in the country for which the data are reported are counted as new entrants, regardless of their previous education in other countries.
This dataset consists of data on graduates (from upper secondary to tertiary education and advanced research programmes). Here, graduates are those who successfully complete an educational programme during the reference year. Successful completion is defined according to the graduation requirements established by each country.
This dataset consists of data on the number of:
Instructional personnel (classroom teachers, teacher aides and teaching / research assistants
Professional support for students (pedagogical and academic support, and health and social support)
Management / quality control / administration (school level management, higher level management, school level administrative personnel, and higher level administrative personnel)
Maintenance and operations personnel
Expenditure by funding source and transaction type
This dataset consists of data on the distribution of education expenditure by source of funding and type of transaction. All entities that provide funds for education, either initially or as final payers, are classified as either governmental (public) sources or non-governmental (private) sources, the sole exception being "international agencies and other foreign sources", which are treated as a separate category. There are three types of financial transactions:
Direct expenditure on educational institutions
Transfers to students or households and to other private entities
Households' expenditure on education outside educational institutions
Expenditure by nature and resource category
This dataset consists of data on the distribution of education expenditure by the nature of expenditure (current and capital expenditure) and service provider (public institutions, government-dependent private institutions, and independent private institutions, i.e. both educational and other institutions). These expenditure figures are intended to represent the total cost of services provided by each type of institution, without regard to sources of funds (whether they are public or private).
Students aligned to finance and personnel data
This dataset consists of data on enrolled students aligned to the coverage of the Finance datasets (in the calendar year), and of student data aligned to the coverage of the personnel dataset (in the year in which the end of the school year falls [e.g. 2004 refers to the school year 2003-2004] ). These data should be used to compare data on enrolled students with expenditure data (e.g.expenditure per student) or with data on educational personnel (e.g. ratio of students to teaching staff).
Total population by sex and age
This dataset consists of data on the distribution of the population by country, year, age group and gender.