5 mil. Taiwanese hold degrees from higher education institutions

The China Post news staff

TAIPEI, Taiwan — The number of Taiwanese people with a college, university or other type of higher education degree has increased to 5 million in 2015, according to the latest statistics released by the Ministry of the Interior (MOI) on Saturday. The statistics on the educational level of people over 15 years of age show that as of the end of 2015, 42.68 percent of Taiwanese people are college or university degree holders, while 30.92 percent are high school or vocational high school graduates, according to an MOI survey released Saturday. The percentage means some 5.06 million Taiwanese people have a college, university or other type of higher education degree, meaning a quarter of the country’s population has received higher education, it noted. The MOI survey added that the overall percentage of the Taiwanese population aged 25-64 with a bachelor’s degree or higher stands at 45 percent. Compared with other countries, the percentage is higher than the average of 33 percent among Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) member states, the MOI said. The number is similar to South Korea’s 45 percent, and the United States’ 44 percent but lower than Canada’s 54 percent and Israel’s 49 percent, it added. In terms of ages, 68.45 percent of Taiwanese people aged between 20 to 24 are in the higher education bracket.

The same survey also shows that the number of Taiwanese holding graduate school degrees stands at 1.3 million or 6.4 percent of the total population. The number has seen a 300,000 increase over the last five years.

In 2005, only 3.1 percent of Taiwanese, or 570,000, had graduate school degrees. According to the MOI, the increasing higher education rate is due to the fact that more higher education institutions have opened in Taiwan over the past decade and the pass rate for the national college entrance exam has hit a record high. It may also have something to do with the continuous dropping of the birth rate in the country, said the MOI.