The number of higher education students in the 2016 – 2017 academic year was 531,600 of whom 66,900 were attending private institutions, shows data centralized by the National Institute of Statistics (INS).
Tertiary students accounted for 14.8 pct of the total student population enrolled in the national education system.
Of the entire number of students/attendees/doctoral students enrolled in all forms of higher education 92.1 pct attend day courses.
Of the 83,000 students in the diploma-awarding higher education system who took the 2016 – 2017 degree exam, 96.4 pct earned the degree; this share is 0.4 percentage points lower than in the previous year.
Public sector higher education graduates accounted for 96.7 pct of the total students who took the examination, 1.6 percentage points more than the share of this category in private institutions. In the 2016 – 2017 academic year 39,300 graduates took a thesis defense exam and 1,900 earned a doctoral degree.
As many as 67,000 graduated from public universities; of these, women accounted for 58.4 pct.
There were 13,000 graduates from the private higher education sector, 9 percent down compared to the previous year.
There were 97 institutions offering higher education programs via 560 faculties in the 2016 – 2017 academic year. A number of 56 higher education institutes with 405 faculties were in the public sector, while the private sector had 41 institutions with 155 faculties.
Most public higher education institutions are based in university cities, and a breakdown by regional distribution is as follows: 17 universities (93 faculties) are located in the Bucharest-Ilfov region; 8 universities (52 faculties) in the Center region; a total of 7 universities operate in the North-West, North-East and the Western region the following number of faculties: 70 in the first, 55 in the second and 45 in the third region; 4 universities (with a total of 36 faculties) are based in the South-East region.