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  • Education system in Italy

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    Overview of the education system (EAG 2018)
  • Almost every region in Italy has full enrolment for the ages of compulsory education and among younger children, including 3-5 year-olds.
  • In Italy, participation in upper secondary vocational and technical programmes is higher than the OECD average and boys are more likely than girls to enrol in vocational or technical education.
  • The share of the population neither employed nor in education or training (NEET) does not differ much by gender for 20-24 year-olds but the gap widens among 25-29 year-olds (28% for men vs 40% for women). The share of NEETs varies to a large extent among Italian regions, ranging from 12% to 38% among 15-29 year-olds.
  • Income inequalities tend to be worse in countries with a higher share of people without upper secondary education. This is the case for a few countries, including Italy, where both income inequality (measured as the ratio between the ninth and first decile of the income distribution) and the share of 25-64 year-olds without upper secondary education are higher than in many other OECD countries.
  • Foreign-born individuals can expect to earn less than native-born ones, regardless of their educational attainment, and the earnings gap widens with educational attainment. In 2017, foreign-born 25-34 year-olds without upper-secondary education earned 12% less than native-born young adults, those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education earned 30% less and the tertiary-educated earned 44% less.
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    Educational outcomes

    The level of tertiary attainment among 25-64 year-olds is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (18.7 %, rank 40/46 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The level of tertiary attainment among 25-34 year-olds is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (26.8 %, rank 38/46 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The level of tertiary attainment among 55-64 year-olds is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (12.8 %, rank 40/46 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The proportion of 25-64 year-olds who have attained a general degree at the upper secondary or post-secondary level is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (9.8 %, rank 28/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of young people expected to graduate from vocational programmes in upper secondary education in Italy is comparatively high (52.9 %, rank 5/33 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Italy, the percentage of today's young people expected to graduate from upper secondary education during their lifetimes is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (94.2 %, rank 7/38 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Italy, the percentage of today's young people expected to graduate from an upper secondary general programme is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (41.2 %, rank 24/33 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The proportion of 25-34 year-old men who have attained tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (20.3 %, rank 40/46 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Italy has one of the lowest percentages of 25-64 year-olds whose highest education level is a short-cycle tertiary education degree. (0 %, rank 39/39 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of 25-64 year-olds who attained a bachelor's or equivalent tertiary education degree is one of the lowest among countries with available data. (4.3 %, rank 42/46 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The proportion of 25-64 year-olds who attained a doctoral or equivalent tertiary education degree is one of the lowest among countries with available data. (0.5 %, rank 27/34 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The percentage of female graduates from upper secondary general programmes is one of the highest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (61.5 %, rank 1/39 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The percentage of female graduates from upper secondary vocational programmes is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (39.2 %, rank 32/39 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The percentage of today's young people expected to obtain a master's or an equivalent degree during their lifetime is one of the highest among OECD countries and partner economies with available data. (20.3 %, rank 10/38 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Among OECD countries and partner economies with available data, Italy has one of the lowest percentages of young people expected to graduate from tertiary education during their lifetime. (36 %, rank 24/27 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The percentage of first-time graduates in vocational programmes at upper secondary level is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (56.3 %, rank 7/32 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Participation in education

    The percentage of three-year-olds in early childhood education in Italy is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (92.4 %, rank 10/43 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The percentage of four-year-olds in early childhood and primary education in Italy is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (95.9 %, rank 10/43 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The enrolment rate of 20-24 year-olds in Italy is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (33.7 %, rank 31/40 , 2016) Download Indicator

    In Italy, the average age of new entrants into doctoral programmes is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (28.5 Years, rank 28/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Intergenerational mobility

    The share of 25-64 year-old adults without upper secondary education among those whose parents have also not attained upper secondary education is comparatively high in Italy. (80.7 %, rank 1/27 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The share of 25-64 year-old adults with tertiary education among those whose parents have not attained upper secondary education is comparatively low in Italy. (8.6 %, rank 25/27 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The share of 25-64 year-old adults without upper secondary education among those for whom at least one parent has attained tertiary education is comparatively high in Italy. (9.2 %, rank 2/27 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The share of 25-64 year-old adults with tertiary education among those for whom at least one parent has also attained tertiary education is comparatively high in Italy. (86.6 %, rank 1/27 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Fields of education

    The share of new female entrants to doctoral programmes enrolled in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction in Italy is relatively high. (16.4 %, rank 4/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The share of new male entrants to doctoral programmes enrolled in the field of engineering, manufacturing and construction in Italy is relatively high. (30.1 %, rank 5/34 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Student mobility

    Italy is one of the most attractive destinations to foreign students compared to other OECD and partner countries with available data. (1.9 %, rank 10/46 , 2016) Download Indicator

    School climate

    The number of pupils per teacher in pre-primary schools is one of the largest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (12.86 Ratio, rank 5/21 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The number of students per teacher in primary schools is one of the smallest among OECD countries and partner countries with available data. (11.43 Ratio, rank 36/43 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The ratio of students to teaching staff at the upper secondary level is especially low. (10.37 Ratio, rank 31/39 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The number of students per teacher in secondary schools is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (10.59 Ratio, rank 31/40 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Expenditure per student

    Annual expenditure per tertiary student for core services is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (7352 USD Equivalent, rank 25/32 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Expenditure in education and national wealth

    In Italy, expenditure on primary through tertiary educational institutions as a percentage of GDP is one of the lowest among OECD countries and partner economies. (3.9 %, rank 30/37 , 2015) Download Indicator

    In Italy, expenditure on primary educational institutions as a percentage of GDP is comparatively low. (1.1 %, rank 29/36 , 2015) Download Indicator

    In Italy, expenditure on tertiary educational institutions as a percentage of GDP is comparatively low. (0.9 %, rank 34/37 , 2015) Download Indicator

    In Italy, government expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of GDP on tertiary education from final source of funds is relatively low. (0.6 %, rank 34/39 , 2015) Download Indicator

    In Italy, government expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of GDP on primary to tertiary education from final source of funds is relatively low. (3.3 %, rank 33/39 , 2015) Download Indicator

    In Italy, expenditure on educational institutions as a percentage of GDP for primary to tertiary education is comparatively high. (100.4 %, rank 7/28 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Public and private expenditure in education

    In Italy, public expenditure on education as a percentage of GDP is comparatively low. (3.6 %, rank 32/39 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The share of public expenditure on tertiary educational institutions is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (1.5 %, rank 36/39 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The change between 2005 and 2012 in private expenditure on tertiary educational institutions is one of the largest compared to other OECD and partner countries with available data. (109 Index, rank 8/27 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Between 2010 and 2012, the change in public expenditure on primary through tertiary educational institutions is comparatively small. (93 Index, rank 26/31 , 2015) Download Indicator

    In Italy, total public expenditure on primary through tertiary educational institutions as a percentage of total public expenditure is comparatively low. (7.2 %, rank 37/39 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Teachers

    The number of days of instruction in a school year in pre-primary school is especially small. (189 Days, rank 19/28 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Who the teachers are

    The share of women among teaching staff in primary education is one of the largest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (95.9 %, rank 5/43 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The share of women among teaching staff in lower secondary education is one of the largest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (77.1 %, rank 9/39 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The share of women among teaching staff in tertiary education is one of the smallest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (37 %, rank 31/37 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The share of women among teaching staff is one of the largest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (77.3 %, rank 6/31 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The percentage of primary to upper secondary teachers younger than 30 is especially low. (1.2 %, rank 34/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The percentage of primary to upper secondary teachers aged between 30 and 49 is especially low. (40.7 %, rank 35/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The percentage of primary to upper secondary teachers older than 50 is especially high. (58.1 %, rank 1/35 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Teachers' salaries

    The ratio of pre-primary teachers' salaries to earnings of full-time, full-year workers with tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0.68 Ratio, rank 14/23 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The ratio of primary teachers' salaries to earnings of full-time, full-year workers with tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0.68 Ratio, rank 23/26 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The ratio of lower secondary teachers' salaries to earnings of full-time, full-year workers with tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0.69 Ratio, rank 23/26 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The ratio of upper secondary teachers' salaries to earnings of full-time, full-year workers with tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0.72 Ratio, rank 23/26 , 2016) Download Indicator

    It takes lower secondary teachers longer to progress through the salary scale in Italy compared to other OECD and partner countries. (35 Years, rank 6/24 , 2017) Download Indicator

    In pre-primary education, the salary ratio of teachers with maximum qualifications at the top of the salary scale to those with minimum training and starting salaries is relatively low. (1.47 Ratio, rank 17/26 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The ratio of lower secondary women teachers' salaries to earnings of full-time, full-year women workers with tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0.84 Ratio, rank 20/22 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The ratio of lower secondary men teachers' salaries to earnings of full-time, full-year men workers with tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (0.59 Ratio, rank 19/22 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The average lower secondary men teacher's actual salary is one of the lowest per hour of net teaching time among OECD and partner countries with available data. (34586 USD Equivalent, rank 16/24 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The average lower secondary women teacher's actual salary is one of the lowest per hour of net teaching time among OECD and partner countries with available data. (34506 USD Equivalent, rank 16/24 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Employment and educational attainment

    The employment rate among 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education is comparatively low. (80.7 %, rank 39/44 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The employment rate among 25-64 year-olds without upper secondary education is comparatively low. (51.8 %, rank 34/43 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-34 year-olds with below upper secondary education is comparatively high. (23.8 %, rank 6/42 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-34 year-olds with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is comparatively high. (15.7 %, rank 4/43 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-34 year-olds with tertiary education is comparatively high. (13.7 %, rank 4/44 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-64 year-olds without upper secondary education is comparatively high. (14.3 %, rank 8/43 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-64 year-olds with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is comparatively high. (8.5 %, rank 8/43 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education is comparatively high. (6.1 %, rank 7/44 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The employment rate among 25-64 year-olds with a vocational upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is relatively low compared to other OECD and partner countries. (73.4 %, rank 25/33 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The employment rate among 25-64 year-olds with a general upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is relatively low compared to other OECD and partner countries. (63.1 %, rank 35/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-64 year-olds with a vocational upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is high compared to other OECD and partner countries. (8.2 %, rank 8/33 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-64 year-olds with a general upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is high compared to other OECD and partner countries. (9.8 %, rank 7/37 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The employment rate among 25-34 year-old men with tertiary education is compartively low in Italy. (68.6 %, rank 44/44 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The employment rate among 25-34 year-olds with below upper secondary education is compartively low in Italy. (51.7 %, rank 36/43 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The employment rate among 25-34 year-olds with tertiary education is compartively low in Italy. (66.3 %, rank 43/44 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The employment rate among 25-34 year-olds with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is compartively low in Italy. (63.5 %, rank 40/43 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The employment rate among 25-34 year-old women with tertiary education is compartively low in Italy. (64.8 %, rank 41/44 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Earnings and educational attainment

    Compared with other OECD and partner countries, the proportional difference in earnings between 25-64 year-old adults with tertiary education and those with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is quite low. (137 Index, rank 28/37 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of women as a percentage of men's earnings (25-64 year-olds with tertiary education and income from employment) are one of the lowest among countries with available data. (70.2 %, rank 28/37 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of 25-64 year-old full- and part-time workers with tertiary education are comparatively low. (138 Index, rank 31/37 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Earnings of 25-64 year-old full- and part-time workers with a Master's, doctoral or equivalent education are comparatively low. (138 Index, rank 31/32 , 2016) Download Indicator

    Neither in education nor employed

    The proportion of 15-19 year-olds who are neither employed nor in education or training is comparatively large in Italy. (10.2 %, rank 8/38 , 2017) Download Indicator

    The proportion of 20-24 year-olds who are neither employed nor in education or training is comparatively large in Italy. (30.1 %, rank 3/39 , 2017) Download Indicator

    Migrant background

    The proportion of 25-34 year-olds who have attained tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (13.7 %, rank 29/30 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The proportion of 55-64 year-olds who have attained tertiary education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (19.5 %, rank 29/30 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-34 year-olds without upper secondary education is comparatively low. (70.7 %, rank 29/30 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-34 year-olds with upper secondary or post-secondary non-tertiary education is comparatively low. (49.9 %, rank 21/30 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The unemployment rate among 25-64 year-olds with tertiary education is comparatively low. (81.9 %, rank 27/30 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Earnings of 25-64 year-old full-time full-year earners with below upper secondary education are comparatively low. (82 Index, rank 13/19 , 2016) Download Indicator

    The percentage of foreign-born 15-29 year-olds in education is one of the lowest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (29.9 %, rank 24/30 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The percentage of foreign-born 15-29 year-olds neither employed nor in education and training is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (34.3 %, rank 2/29 , 2015) Download Indicator

    The percentage of native-born 15-29 year-olds neither employed nor in education and training is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries with available data. (23.8 %, rank 1/30 , 2015) Download Indicator

    Governance

    The percentage of decisions taken at the central level of government for public lower secondary education is one of the highest among OECD and partner countries. (52.1 %, rank 6/34 , 2017) Download Indicator


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    • Adults without tertiary-educated parents face greater challenges to attain tertiary level themselves: Only 21% do compared to 68% among those with at least one tertiary-educated parent.
    • While there is little difference on average between the level of tertiary attainment among native-born and foreign-born adults, there are large variations across countries. In Mexico the tertiary attainment of foreign-born adults is more than double that of native-born. In contrast, native-born adults in Slovenia are almost twice more likely to have attained tertiary education than their foreign-born peers.
    • The gender gap favors girls in education but men in the labour market: 50% of 25-34 year-old women attained tertiary education in 2017 compared to 38% of men. However the employment rate of tertiary-educated young women is about 9 percentage points less than for men and they earn only 74% as much as men with similar educational attainment on average across OECD countries.
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    • In 2015, OECD countries spent on average around 5% of their gross domestic product (GDP) on educational institutions from primary to tertiary levels , with variations across countries from 3.1% in the Russian Federation to 6.4% in Norway.
    • On average, OECD countries spend USD 10 391 a year on educational institutions to educate each student from primary to tertiary education. This represents about USD 8 600 per student at primary level, USD 9 900 at secondary level and USD 15 500 at tertiary level.
    • Primary and secondary education accounts for almost 70% of total expenditure on primary to tertiary educational institutions, or around 3.5% of GDP, on average across OECD countries.
    • In 2015, public funding represented more than 80% of total expenditure on primary to tertiary educational institutions across the OECD countries, varying from 62% in Colombia to 99% in Norway. However only two thirds of total expenditure is financed through public sources on tertiary institutions on average across OECD countries.
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    • In most countries, teachers above 50 years of age make up more than a third of the teaching force.
    • While the teaching profession is dominated by women, the share of female teachers decreases with the level of education taught: almost all teachers at the pre-primary level are women; however they make up less than half of the teaching force at tertiary level.
    • On average across OECD countries, statutory salaries of teachers at the top of their salary scales (and maximum qualifications) are between 77% and 81% higher than starting salaries (with minimum qualifications).
    • Teachers' actual salaries at pre-primary, primary and general secondary levels of education are 82% to 96% of earnings of tertiary-educated workers on average across OECD countries.
    • While the average actual salary of primary and secondary female teachers is equal to or higher than the average earnings of full-time, tertiary-educated working women, primary and secondary male teachers earn between 77% and 88% of the average earnings of full-time, tertiary-educated working men.
    • Based on official regulations, public school teachers in OECD countries and economies are required to teach on average 1 030 hours per year at pre-primary level, 771 hours at primary level, 693 hours at lower secondary level (general programmes) and 646 hours at upper secondary level (general programmes).
    • On average across OECD countries, there are 15 students per teacher in primary education, 13 students per teacher in secondary education and 15 students per teacher in tertiary education.
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    • On average across OECD countries, 75% of children aged 3 are enrolled in Early Childhood Education and Care (ECEC).
    • At age 4, on average across OECD countries, almost 88% of children are enrolled in pre-primary education.
    • Annual expenditure per child in early childhood development programmes was greater than in pre-primary education in 2015 on average across OECD countries.
    • Public funds represent a higher share of total expenditure at pre-primary level than on early childhood development programmes.
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    • The share of first-time upper secondary graduates with a vocational qualification varied from 6% in Canada to 78% in Austria in 2016 with an average of 41% across OECD countries.
    • In 2016, across OECD countries, teaching hours for upper secondary, general programmes vary greatly from 405 hours in Denmark to 1064 hours in Chile with an average of 655 hours.
    • In 2016, the ratio of students to teaching staff in public upper secondary educational institutions across OECD countries varies from 9 in Portugal to 22 in Mexico with an average of 13 across OECD countries.
    • The employment rate for adults with upper secondary education is 18 percentage points higher than for those without. The employment advantage varies from 6 percentage points in Mexico to more than 30 percentage points in the Czech and Slovak Republics.
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    • Between 2007 and 2017, the share of tertiary-educated young adults increased by 10 percentage points on average across OECD countries.
    • In 2015, OECD countries spent on average around 1.5% of their gross domestic product (GDP) on tertiary educational institutions, ranging from 0.5% in Luxembourg to 2.6% in the United States.
    • On average in OECD countries, 59% of young adults will enter a bachelor's degree or equivalent programme in their lifetime while 24% are expected to enter a master's or equivalent programme.
    • While there are large variations across countries, international and foreign students account for 6% of total enrolment in tertiary programmes and reach more than a quarter of enrolments at doctoral level on average across OECD countries.
    • Tertiary-educated adults are more likely to be employed and earn about 55% more than those with upper secondary education on average across OECD countries.
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    Note: These values should be interpreted with care since they are influenced by countries' specific contexts and trade-offs. In education, there is often no simple most- or least-efficient model. For instance, the share of private expenditure in education must be read against other measures designed to mitigate inequities, such as loans and grants; longer learning time is an opportunity to convey more and better content to students, but may hinder investments in other important areas. If you want further information on the nature of different variables, please take the time to read the analysis and contextual information, available at the website for each publication.
    All rankings for individual variables are compiled on the basis of OECD and G20 countries for which data are available. The OECD average includes only OECD countries which are listed here: http://www.oecd.org/about/membersandpartners/

    *TALIS averages are based on all countries participating in the TALIS survey, including partner countries and economies. This explains the difference between the OECD average and the TALIS average. Data from the TALIS survey and Education at a Glance (EAG) may differ. See Annex E of the TALIS technical report and Annex 3 of EAG 2017 for more details about the data collections.

    For additional notes, please refer to annexes in the list of links below the introductory country profile text.