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Austria’s educational system is numbered among the best in the world.  One of the distinctive features of the Austrian educational system is the extensive co- operation prevailing between the business community and educational institutions.
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  • 4,9%

    share of GDP for education

    In 2016, 4.9% of GDP was spent in Austria on education, excluding the pre-primary sector, and the trend is an upward one.

  • 31.3%

    percentage of pupils in the dual system

    In 2017, 31.3% of pupils of the secondary level II attended combined school and occupational training, the successful dual system.

  • 17.5%

    percentage of the population with a university degree

    17.5% of the population aged between 25 and 64 have a degree from a university or an academic qualification (2017).

  • 18

    pupils per class

    The average size of a primary school class in Austria is 18.6 pupils (2018/19); the OECD average is 21.1 pupils.

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Source: Federal Ministry of Education, Science and Research
Universities and universities of applied sciences in Austria in 2021 
Public universities 22
Private universities 16
Universities of applied sciences 21
Total: 59
Source: OECD – Education at a Glance 2020, country profile Austria
Education expenditure in Austria in 2017 
Education expenditure per pupil/student in US dollars USD 16,319 
Share of total education expenditure in GDP 4.9%

 



Last update : 07 June 2021