Higher schools, teaching staff, students and graduates in the higher schools by statistical zones, statistical regions and districts


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HIGHER SCHOOLS, TEACHING STAFF, STUDENTS AND GRADUATES BY STATISTICAL ZONES, STATISTICAL REGIONS AND DISTRICTS IN 2017/2018 ACADEMIC YEAR
(Number)
Statistical zone
Statistical region
District
Higher schools Teaching staff
Total Colleges Universities and equivalent higher schools Total In colleges In universities and equivalent higher schools
Total Of which: under labour contract Total Of which: under labour contract
Total 54 4 50 21 914 707 325 21 207 13 244
Severna i Yugoiztochna Bulgaria 16 - 16 6 634 358 156 6 276 4 627
Severozapaden 1 - 1 755 93 46 662 447
Vidin - - - 30 - - 30 2
Vratsa - - - 205 - - 205 41
Lovech - - - 36 36 13 - -
Pleven 1 - 1 484 57 33 427 404
Severen tsentralen 5 - 5 1 892 - - 1 892 1 513
Veliko Tarnovo 3 - 3 1 111 - - 1 111 945
Gabrovo 1 - 1 206 - - 206 155
Razgrad - - - 28 - - 28 14
Ruse 1 - 1 455 - - 455 387
Silistra - - - 92 - - 92 12
Severoiztochen 7 - 7 2 557 72 40 2 485 1 943
Varna 6 - 6 1 958 44 19 1 914 1 494
Dobrich - - - 28 28 21 - -
Shumen 1 - 1 571 - - 571 449
Yugoiztochen 3 - 3 1 430 193 70 1 237 724
Burgas 2 - 2 576 75 30 501 270
Sliven - - - 187 46 18 141 60
Stara Zagora 1 - 1 582 72 22 510 346
Yambol - - - 85 - - 85 48
Yugozapadna i Yuzhna tsentralna Bulgaria 38 4 34 15 280 349 169 14 931 8 617
Yugozapaden 29 4 25 12 083 288 119 11 795 6 706
Blgoevgrad 3 1 2 784 27 16 757 542
Pernik 1 - 1 77 - - 77 58
Sofia 1 - 1 57 - - 57 57
Sofia (stolitsa) 24 3 21 11 165 261 103 10 904 6 049
Yuzhen tsentralen 9 - 9 3 197 61 50 3 136 1 911
Kardzhali - - - 180 - - 180 32
Plovdiv 9 - 9 2 836 61 50 2 775 1 849
Slmolyan - - - 135 - - 135 19
Haskovo - - - 46 - - 46 11
Of which: female
Total х х х 10 858 413 199 10 445 6 857
Severna i Yugoiztochna Bulgaria х х х 3 417 200 94 3 217 2 455
Severozapaden х х х 406 49 26 357 249
Vidin х х х 13 - - 13 1
Vratsa х х х 116 - - 116 29
Lovech х х х 8 8 5 - -
Pleven х х х 269 41 21 228 219
Severen tsentralen х х х 871 - - 871 709
Veliko Tarnovo х х х 540 - - 540 464
Gabrovo х х х 67 - - 67 48
Razgrad х х х 16 - - 16 11
Ruse х х х 212 - - 212 179
Silistra х х х 36 - - 36 7
Severoiztochen х х х 1 369 46 26 1 323 1 095
Varna х х х 1 055 34 17 1 021 852
Dobrich х х х 12 12 9 - -
Shumen х х х 302 - - 302 243
Yugoiztochen х х х 771 105 42 666 402
Burgas х х х 342 40 17 302 172
Sliven х х х 85 20 8 65 24
Stara Zagora х х х 310 45 17 265 181
Yambol х х х 34 - - 34 25
Yugozapadna i Yuzhna tsentralna Bulgaria х х х 7 441 213 105 7 228 4 402
Yugozapaden х х х 5 778 170 68 5 608 3 329
Blgoevgrad х х х 445 11 6 434 323
Pernik х х х 22 - - 22 17
Sofia х х х 27 - - 27 27
Sofia (stolitsa) х х х 5 284 159 62 5 125 2 962
Yuzhen tsentralen х х х 1 663 43 37 1 620 1 073
Kardzhali х х х 81 - - 81 18
Plovdiv х х х 1 487 43 37 1 444 1 036
Slmolyan х х х 63 - - 63 12
Haskovo х х х 32 - - 32 7
HIGHER SCHOOLS, TEACHING STAFF, STUDENTS AND GRADUATES BY STATISTICAL ZONES, STATISTICAL REGIONS AND DISTRICTS IN 2017/2018 ACADEMIC YEAR
(Number)
Statistical zone
Statistical region
District
Students Graduates
Total In colleges In universities and equivalent higher schools Total In colleges In universities and equivalent higher schools
Professional bachelor Bachelor Master Professional bachelor Bachelor Master
Total 229 771 8 527 146 564 74 680 55 428 2 175 28 926 24 327
Severna i Yugoiztochna Bulgaria 81 362 3 932 53 911 23 519 21 311 1 040 11 492 8 779
Severozapaden 4 398 599 1 997 1 802 723 174 352 197
Vidin 203 - 203 - - - - -
Vratsa 942 - 908 34 174 - 174 -
Lovech 203 203 - - 46 46 - -
Pleven 3 050 396 886 1 768 503 128 178 197
Severen tsentralen 31 528 - 23 565 7 963 9 374 - 5 431 3 943
Veliko Tarnovo 18 622 - 13 417 5 205 6 473 - 3 642 2 831
Gabrovo 5 439 - 4 453 986 828 - 498 330
Razgrad 257 - 211 46 59 - 45 14
Ruse 6 935 - 5 230 1 705 1 919 - 1 187 732
Silistra 275 - 254 21 95 - 59 36
Severoiztochen 31 979 2 039 20 493 9 447 8 290 566 4 210 3 514
Varna 25 000 1 317 15 948 7 735 6 439 381 3 353 2 705
Dobrich 722 722 - - 185 185 - -
Shumen 6 257 - 4 545 1 712 1 666 - 857 809
Yugoiztochen 13 457 1 294 7 856 4 307 2 924 300 1 499 1 125
Burgas 6 544 762 3 964 1 818 1 428 170 695 563
Sliven 955 218 539 198 238 63 124 51
Stara Zagora 5 192 314 2 719 2 159 1 057 67 536 454
Yambol 766 - 634 132 201 - 144 57
Yugozapadna i Yuzhna tsentralna Bulgaria 148 409 4 595 92 653 51 161 34 117 1 135 17 434 15 548
Yugozapaden 110 596 3 801 67 423 39 372 25 571 891 12 646 12 034
Blgoevgrad 10 004 575 7 208 2 221 3 195 175 1 678 1 342
Pernik 65 - 60 5 16 - 16 -
Sofia 2 609 - 2 134 475 1 097 - 865 232
Sofia (stolitsa) 97 918 3 226 58 021 36 671 21 263 716 10 087 10 460
Yuzhen tsentralen 37 813 794 25 230 11 789 8 546 244 4 788 3 514
Kardzhali 716 - 716 - 194 - 194 -
Plovdiv 34 630 663 22 581 11 386 7 641 196 4 068 3 377
Slmolyan 1 498 131 1 089 278 450 48 336 66
Haskovo 969 - 844 125 261 - 190 71
Of which: female
Total 123 438 4 508 75 966 42 964 33 746 1 248 17 012 15 486
Severna i Yugoiztochna Bulgaria 43 818 2 342 27 708 13 768 12 880 666 6 635 5 579
Severozapaden 2 781 381 1 439 961 497 118 264 115
Vidin 95 - 95 - - - - -
Vratsa 820 - 787 33 150 - 150 -
Lovech 53 53 - - 9 9 - -
Pleven 1 813 328 557 928 338 109 114 115
Severen tsentralen 16 449 - 11 634 4 815 5 438 - 2 970 2 468
Veliko Tarnovo 11 264 - 7 767 3 497 4 071 - 2 117 1 954
Gabrovo 1 407 - 1 109 298 284 - 182 102
Razgrad 183 - 142 41 47 - 37 10
Ruse 3 458 - 2 500 958 976 - 608 368
Silistra 137 - 116 21 60 - 26 34
Severoiztochen 16 556 1 314 9 937 5 305 5 047 382 2 424 2 241
Varna 12 023 869 7 171 3 983 3 773 255 1 886 1 632
Dobrich 445 445 - - 127 127 - -
Shumen 4 088 - 2 766 1 322 1 147 - 538 609
Yugoiztochen 8 032 647 4 698 2 687 1 898 166 977 755
Burgas 3 849 380 2 315 1 154 917 88 451 378
Sliven 357 85 211 61 108 32 57 19
Stara Zagora 3 563 182 1 963 1 418 806 46 426 334
Yambol 263 - 209 54 67 - 43 24
Yugozapadna i Yuzhna tsentralna Bulgaria 79 620 2 166 48 258 29 196 20 866 582 10 377 9 907
Yugozapaden 58 120 1 734 34 458 21 928 15 234 431 7 391 7 412
Blgoevgrad 6 045 271 4 274 1 500 2 080 69 1 072 939
Pernik 14 - 12 2 - - - -
Sofia 1 654 - 1 313 341 739 - 555 184
Sofia (stolitsa) 50 407 1 463 28 859 20 085 12 415 362 5 764 6 289
Yuzhen tsentralen 21 500 432 13 800 7 268 5 632 151 2 986 2 495
Kardzhali 436 - 436 - 142 - 142 -
Plovdiv 19 647 425 12 172 7 050 5 042 141 2 501 2 400
Slmolyan 650 7 521 122 232 10 183 39
Haskovo 767 - 671 96 216 - 160 56
27.04.2018


Euro-SDMX Metadata Structure (ESMS)

Tertiary education (educational-qualification degrees ‘Professional bachelor’, ‘Bachelor’, ‘Master’)
Contact
Contact organisation

National Statistical Institute

Contact organisation unit

'Education and Culture Statistics' Department

Contact name

Elena Tsankova

Contact person function

State expert

Contact mail address

2, P. Volov Str.; 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria

Contact email address

ETsankova@nsi.bg

Contact phone number

+359 2 9857 511

Contact fax number
Metadata update
Metadata last certified27 April 2018
Metadata last posted27 April 2018
Metadata last update27 April 2018
Statistical presentation
Data description

Statistics on tertiary education (educational-qualification degrees ‘Professional bachelor’, ‘Bachelor’, ‘Master’) provide data on educational activity in the higher schools. Main units of observation are students (enrolled, newly enrolled and graduates) and academic staff. The main breakdowns of characteristics for collecting data on enrolled students are sex, year of birth, level of education, mode of attendance, specialty, citizenship and country of prior education. Academic staff in tertiary schools is studied by sex, age, type of employment, position. Their number is determined as of a given date of observation – November 15.

Classification system
  • International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED 2011);
  • Until 2016/2017 academic year - Classification of Fields of Education and Training (FOET) and specialties of tertiary education for the educational-qualification degrees ‘Professional Bachelor ’, ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Master’;
  • Since 2017/2018 academic year - ISCED Fields of Education and Training (ISCED-F).
Sector coverage

The survey covers all authorized higher schools (colleges, universities and equivalent higher schools) according to the Law on Higher Education and the private spiritual higher schools, opened under regulation of the Law on Religion.

Statistical concepts and definitions

A student is every person enrolled in an educational program of formal education according to ISCED irrespective of the mode of attendance. Formal education includes the educational programmes implement in the legitimate educational institutions created according to the existing legal order.

Foreign students are those students who are not citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria as well as those who have dual citizenship and have been enrolled under the regulations for foreign citizens.

The student mobility is measured by country of prior education which means that mobile student is a student who has graduated secondary education abroad.

Graduates are those students who have received a document for a completed level from a legitimate education institution, containing all the necessary records and stamps according to the law.

The academic staff are official persons who directly conduct the training sessions according to curriculum irrespective of whether they are full or part time employees.

The academic staff in tertiary education (ISCED - 6 and 7) includes persons whose main engagement is teaching and research work. This staff includes the officials such as rectors, vice rectors, deans, heads of departments, etc. if their main engagement is teaching.

The management personnel include official persons performing management functions at the level of the educational institution - rectors, deans and their assistants, heads of departments.

An educational institution is defined as a centre taking independent decisions, which performs educational services for persons and organizations and is created according to the rules of the law. This means that the institution has a manager (director, rector or another manager) i.e. that this is an 'independent' educational institution. 'Dependent' educational institutions are branches or units known under other names and are typically subordinate to an independent institution.

Statistical unit

Students and academic staff.

Statistical population

Participants in formal education.

Reference area

Whole country.

Time coverage

2001 - 2017

Base period

Not applicable.

Unit of measure

Number and per cent.

Reference period

Academic year.

Institutional mandate
Legal acts and other agreements

· Regulation (EC) N 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning;

· Methodological documents of Eurostat;

· Law on Statistics;

· Law on Higher education.

Data sharing

Not applicable.

Confidentiality
Confidentiality - policy

· Law on Statistics;

· Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.

Confidentiality - data treatment

In compliance to the Law on Statistics (Articles 25 and 26).

Release policy
Release calendar

In accordance to the dates defined in the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute.

Release calendar access

The calendar is available on the NSI website: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/480

User access

In accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Frequency of dissemination

Annual

Accessibility and clarity
News release

Regular press release in the internet site.

Publications

· Education in the Republic of Bulgaria;

· Statistical Yearbook;

· Statistical Reference Book;

· 'Bulgaria' (brochure).

On-line database

Data on tertiary education (educational-qualification degrees 'Professional bachelor', 'Bachelor', 'Master') are available to all users of the NSI website under the heading Education and Lifelong Learning: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/4892 and Informational System "Infostat": https://infostat.nsi.bg/infostat/pages/module.jsf?x_2=164

Micro-data access

In accordance to the Rules on Provision of the Anonymised Individual Data for Scientific and Research purposes.

Other

Information services by order in accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Documentation on methodology

· Methodological documents of Eurostat;

· Survey Methodology: http://www.nsi.bg/sites/default/files/files/metadata/Edu_Meth_en.pdf

Quality documentation

Quality report in accordance to the Commission Regulation No 88/2011.

Quality management
Quality assurance

A set of quality criteria have been set up within the Commission Regulation No 88/2011.

Quality assessment

The national quality report provides users with basic information on quality at national level.

Relevance
User needs

State and regional authorities, international organisations, national and foreign users.

User satisfaction

Information is not available.

Completeness

Information is not available.

Accuracy and reliability
Overall accuracy

Not applicable (census).

Sampling error

Not applicable (census).

Non-sampling error

Not applicable (census).

Timeliness and punctuality
Timeliness

· Reference date: November 15;

· Fieldwork: November - December;

· Processing: January - March;

· Dissemination of national results: April;

· Transmission of data to Eurostat: September.

Punctuality

All deliverables were sent in time.

Coherence and comparability
Comparability - geographical

Fully comparable with all EU member states.

Comparability - over time

Partially comparable due to the changes of national legislation.

Coherence - cross domain

Data is coherent with 'Adult education survey'.

Coherence - internal

Carried out quality tests, mainly on the coherency of the gathered information.

Cost and burden

Information is not available.

Data revision
Data revision - policy

In accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Data revision - practice

In accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Statistical processing
Source data

Universities, equivalent higher schools and colleges.

Frequency of data collection

Annual

Data collection

Exhaustive survey via electronic questionnaire 'Report on tertiary education for educational-qualification degrees 'Master', 'Bachelor' and 'Professional bachelor'.

Data validation

Data validation is done by the National Statistical Institute and quality tests are carried out by the Eurostat.

Data compilation

Not applicable.

Adjustment

Not applicable.

Comment
Metadata Structure Definition in SDMX 2.1: ESMS_MSD+BNSI+2.0+SDMX.2.1.xml
Metadata Structure Definition in SDMX 2.0: ESMS_MSD+BNSI+2.0+SDMX.2.0.xml
Tertiary education (educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’)
Contact
Contact organisation

National Statistical Institute

Contact organisation unit

'Education and Culture Statistics' Department

Contact name

Elena Tsankova

Contact person function

State expert

Contact mail address

2, P. Volov Str.; 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria

Contact email address

ETsankova@nsi.bg

Contact phone number

+359 2 9857 511

Contact fax number
Metadata update
Metadata last certified27 April 2018
Metadata last posted27 April 2018
Metadata last update27 April 2018
Statistical presentation
Data description

Statistics on tertiary education (educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’) provide data on the number of enrolled PhD students, newly enrolled and graduates in educational and scientific degree 'Doctor'. The main breakdowns of characteristics for collecting data on PhD students are sex, age, mode of attendance, specialty, citizenship and country of prior education. Their number is determined as of a given date of observation – December 31.

Classification system
  • International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED 2011);
  • Classification of the specialties for acquiring the educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’;
  • Until 2016/2017 academic year - Classification of the fields of education and training (FOET);
  • Since 2017/2018 academic year - ISCED Fields of Education and Training (ISCED-F).
Sector coverage

The survey covers all authorized higher schools and scientific organisations.

Statistical concepts and definitions

A PhD student is every person enrolled in an educational program of formal education according to ISCED irrespective of the mode of attendance. Formal education includes the educational programmes implement in the legitimate educational institutions created according to the existing legal order.

Ph.D. students in scientific organisations are also included, irrespective of the mode of attendance.

Foreign students are those students who are not citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria as well as those who have dual citizenship and have been enrolled under the regulations for foreign citizens.

The student mobility is measured by country of prior education which means that mobile student is a student who has graduated secondary education abroad.

Graduates are those students who have received a document for a completed level from a legitimate education institution, containing all the necessary records and stamps according to the law.

An educational institution is defined as a centre taking independent decisions, which performs educational services for persons and organizations and is created according to the rules of the law. This means that the institution has a manager (director, rector or another manager) i.e. that this is an 'independent' educational institution. 'Dependent' educational institutions are branches or units known under other names and are typically subordinate to an independent institution.

Statistical unit

PhD students.

Statistical population

Participants in formal education.

Reference area

Whole country.

Time coverage

2001 - 2017

Base period

Not applicable.

Unit of measure

Number and per cent.

Reference period

Academic year.

Institutional mandate
Legal acts and other agreements

· Regulation (EC) N 452/2008 of the European Parliament and of the Council concerning the production and development of statistics on education and lifelong learning;

· Methodological documents of Eurostat;

· Law on Statistics;

· Law on Development of the Academic Staff in the Republic of Bulgaria.

Data sharing

Not applicable.

Confidentiality
Confidentiality - policy

· Law on Statistics;

· Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.

Confidentiality - data treatment

In compliance to the Law on Statistics (Articles 25 and 26).

Release policy
Release calendar

In accordance to the dates defined in the Release Calendar presenting the results of the statistical surveys carried out by the National Statistical Institute.

Release calendar access

The calendar is available on the NSI website: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/480

User access

In accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Frequency of dissemination

Annual

Accessibility and clarity
News release

Regular press release in the internet site.

Publications

· Education in the Republic of Bulgaria;

· Statistical Yearbook;

· Statistical Reference Book;

· 'Bulgaria' (brochure).

On-line database

Data on tertiary education (educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’) is available to all users of the NSI website under the heading Education and Lifelong Learning: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/4912 and on Informational System "Infostat": https://infostat.nsi.bg/infostat/pages/module.jsf?x_2=164

Micro-data access

In accordance to the Rules on Provision of the Anonymised Individual Data for Scientific and Research purposes.

Other

Information services by order in accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Documentation on methodology

· Methodological documents of Eurostat;

· Survey Methodology: http://www.nsi.bg/sites/default/files/files/metadata/Edu_Meth_en.pdf

Quality documentation

Quality report in accordance to the Commission Regulation No 88/2011.

Quality management
Quality assurance

A set of quality criteria have been set up within the Commission Regulation No 88/2011.

Quality assessment

The national quality report provides users with basic information on quality at national level.

Relevance
User needs

State and regional authorities, international organisations, national and foreign users.

User satisfaction

Information is not available.

Completeness

Information is not available.

Accuracy and reliability
Overall accuracy

Not applicable (census).

Sampling error

Not applicable (census).

Non-sampling error

Not applicable (census).

Timeliness and punctuality
Timeliness

· Reference date: December 31;

· Fieldwork: January - February;

· Processing: March - April;

· Dissemination of national results: April;

· Transmission of data to Eurostat: September.

Punctuality

All deliverables were sent in time.

Coherence and comparability
Comparability - geographical

Fully comparable with all EU member states.

Comparability - over time

Partially comparable due to the changes of national legislation.

Coherence - cross domain

Data are coherent with 'Adult education survey'.

Coherence - internal

Carried out quality tests, mainly on the coherency of the gathered information.

Cost and burden

Information is not available.

Data revision
Data revision - policy

In accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Data revision - practice

In accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Statistical processing
Source data

Higher schools and scientific organisations.

Frequency of data collection

Annual

Data collection

Exhaustive survey via electronic questionnaire 'Report on PhD students'.

Data validation

Data validation is done by the National Statistical Institute and quality tests are carried out by the Eurostat.

Data compilation

Not applicable.

Adjustment

Not applicable.

Comment
Metadata Structure Definition in SDMX 2.1: ESMS_MSD+BNSI+2.0+SDMX.2.1.xml
Metadata Structure Definition in SDMX 2.0: ESMS_MSD+BNSI+2.0+SDMX.2.0.xml


ESS Standard for Quality Reports Structure (ESQRS)

Tertiary education (educational-qualification degrees ‘Professional bachelor’, ‘Bachelor’, ‘Master’)
Contact
Contact organisation

National Statistical Institute

Contact organisation unit

'Education and Culture Statistics' Department

Contact name

Elena Tsankova

Contact person function

State expert

Contact mail address

2, P. Volov Str.; 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria

Contact email address

ETsankova@nsi.bg

Contact phone number

+359 2 9857 511

Contact fax number
Statistical presentation
Data description

Statistics on tertiary education (educational-qualification degrees ‘Professional bachelor’, ‘Bachelor’, ‘Master’) provide data on educational activity in the higher schools. Main units of observation are students (enrolled, newly enrolled and graduates) and academic staff. The main breakdowns of characteristics for collecting data on enrolled students are sex, year of birth, level of education, mode of attendance, specialty, citizenship and country of prior education. Academic staff in tertiary schools is studied by sex, age, type of employment, position. Their number is determined as of a given date of observation – November 15.

Classification system
  • International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED 2011);
  • Until 2016/2017 academic year - Classification of Fields of Education and Training (FOET) and specialties of tertiary education for the educational-qualification degrees ‘Professional Bachelor ’, ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Master’;
  • Since 2017/2018 academic year - ISCED Fields of Education and Training (ISCED-F).
Sector coverage

The survey covers all authorized higher schools (colleges, universities and equivalent higher schools) according to the Law on Higher Education and the private spiritual higher schools, opened under regulation of the Law on Religion.

Statistical concepts and definitions

A student is every person enrolled in an educational program of formal education according to ISCED irrespective of the mode of attendance. Formal education includes the educational programmes implement in the legitimate educational institutions created according to the existing legal order.

Foreign students are those students who are not citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria as well as those who have dual citizenship and have been enrolled under the regulations for foreign citizens.

The student mobility is measured by country of prior education which means that mobile student is a student who has graduated secondary education abroad.

Graduates are those students who have received a document for a completed level from a legitimate education institution, containing all the necessary records and stamps according to the law.

The academic staff are official persons who directly conduct the training sessions according to curriculum irrespective of whether they are full or part time employees.

The academic staff in tertiary education (ISCED - 6 and 7) includes persons whose main engagement is teaching and research work. This staff includes the officials such as rectors, vice rectors, deans, heads of departments, etc. if their main engagement is teaching.

The management personnel include official persons performing management functions at the level of the educational institution - rectors, deans and their assistants, heads of departments.

An educational institution is defined as a centre taking independent decisions, which performs educational services for persons and organizations and is created according to the rules of the law. This means that the institution has a manager (director, rector or another manager) i.e. that this is an 'independent' educational institution. 'Dependent' educational institutions are branches or units known under other names and are typically subordinate to an independent institution.

Statistical unit

Students and academic staff.

Statistical population

Participants in formal education.

Reference area

Whole country.

Time coverage

2001 - 2017

Base period

Not applicable.

Statistical processing
Source data

Universities, equivalent higher schools and colleges.

Frequency of data collection

Annual

Data collection

Exhaustive survey via electronic questionnaire 'Report on tertiary education for educational-qualification degrees 'Master', 'Bachelor' and 'Professional bachelor'.

Data validation

Data validation is done by the National Statistical Institute and quality tests are carried out by the Eurostat.

Data compilation

Not applicable.

Adjustment

Not applicable.

Quality management
Quality assurance

A set of quality criteria have been set up within the Commission Regulation No 88/2011.

Quality assessment

The national quality report provides users with basic information on quality at national level.

Relevance
User needs

State and regional authorities, international organisations, national and foreign users.

User satisfaction

Information is not available.

Completeness

Information is not available.

Data completeness - rate

Not applicable (census).

Accuracy and reliability
Overall accuracy

Not applicable (census).

Sampling error

Not applicable (census).

Sampling errors - indicators

Not applicable (census).

Non-sampling error

Not applicable (census).

Coverage error

Not applicable (census).

Over-coverage - rate

Not applicable (census).

Common units - proportion

Not applicable (census).

Measurement error

Not applicable (census).

Non response error

Not applicable (census).

Unit non-response - rate

Not applicable (census).

Item non-response - rate

Not applicable (census).

Processing error

Not applicable (census).

Imputation - rate

Not applicable (no imputations).

Model assumption error

Not applicable (census).

Seasonal adjustment

Not applicable (no seasonal adjustments).

Data revision - policy

In accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Data revision - practice

In accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Data revision - average size

Not applicable (preliminary data not published).

Timeliness and punctuality
Timeliness

· Reference date: November 15;

· Fieldwork: November - December;

· Processing: January - March;

· Dissemination of national results: April;

· Transmission of data to Eurostat: September.

Time lag - first results

20 weeks.

Time lag - final results

Not applicable (only final results published).

Punctuality

All deliverables were sent in time.

Punctuality - delivery and publication

Not applicable (data published on exact date).

Coherence and comparability
Comparability - geographical

Fully comparable with all EU member states.

Asymmetry for mirror flows statistics - coefficient

Not applicable (no flows).

Comparability - over time

Partially comparable due to the changes of national legislation.

Length of comparable time series

17 years.

Coherence - cross domain

Data is coherent with 'Adult education survey'.

Coherence - sub annual and annual statistics

Not applicable (annual survey).

Coherence - National Accounts

Not applicable.

Coherence - internal

Carried out quality tests, mainly on the coherency of the gathered information.

Accessibility and clarity
News release

Regular press release in the internet site.

Publications

· Education in the Republic of Bulgaria;

· Statistical Yearbook;

· Statistical Reference Book;

· 'Bulgaria' (brochure).

On-line database

Data on tertiary education (educational-qualification degrees 'Professional bachelor', 'Bachelor', 'Master') are available to all users of the NSI website under the heading Education and Lifelong Learning: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/4892 and Informational System "Infostat": https://infostat.nsi.bg/infostat/pages/module.jsf?x_2=164

Data tables - consultations

Not available.

Micro-data access

In accordance to the Rules on Provision of the Anonymised Individual Data for Scientific and Research purposes.

Other

Information services by order in accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Metadata - consultations

Not available.

Documentation on methodology

· Methodological documents of Eurostat;

· Survey Methodology: http://www.nsi.bg/sites/default/files/files/metadata/Edu_Meth_en.pdf

Metadata completeness – rate

Not avaliable.

Quality documentation

Quality report in accordance to the Commission Regulation No 88/2011.

Cost and burden

Information is not available.

Confidentiality
Confidentiality - policy

· Law on Statistics;

· Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.

Confidentiality – data treatment

In compliance to the Law on Statistics (Articles 25 and 26).

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Tertiary education (educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’)
Contact
Contact organisation

National Statistical Institute

Contact organisation unit

'Education and Culture Statistics' Department

Contact name

Elena Tsankova

Contact person function

State expert

Contact mail address

2, P. Volov Str.; 1038 Sofia, Bulgaria

Contact email address

ETsankova@nsi.bg

Contact phone number

+359 2 9857 511

Contact fax number
Statistical presentation
Data description

Statistics on tertiary education (educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’) provide data on the number of enrolled PhD students, newly enrolled and graduates in educational and scientific degree 'Doctor'. The main breakdowns of characteristics for collecting data on PhD students are sex, age, mode of attendance, specialty, citizenship and country of prior education. Their number is determined as of a given date of observation – December 31.

Classification system
  • International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED 2011);
  • Classification of the specialties for acquiring the educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’;
  • Until 2016/2017 academic year - Classification of the fields of education and training (FOET);
  • Since 2017/2018 academic year - ISCED Fields of Education and Training (ISCED-F).
Sector coverage

The survey covers all authorized higher schools and scientific organisations.

Statistical concepts and definitions

A PhD student is every person enrolled in an educational program of formal education according to ISCED irrespective of the mode of attendance. Formal education includes the educational programmes implement in the legitimate educational institutions created according to the existing legal order.

Ph.D. students in scientific organisations are also included, irrespective of the mode of attendance.

Foreign students are those students who are not citizens of the Republic of Bulgaria as well as those who have dual citizenship and have been enrolled under the regulations for foreign citizens.

The student mobility is measured by country of prior education which means that mobile student is a student who has graduated secondary education abroad.

Graduates are those students who have received a document for a completed level from a legitimate education institution, containing all the necessary records and stamps according to the law.

An educational institution is defined as a centre taking independent decisions, which performs educational services for persons and organizations and is created according to the rules of the law. This means that the institution has a manager (director, rector or another manager) i.e. that this is an 'independent' educational institution. 'Dependent' educational institutions are branches or units known under other names and are typically subordinate to an independent institution.

Statistical unit

PhD students.

Statistical population

Participants in formal education.

Reference area

Whole country.

Time coverage

2001 - 2017

Base period

Not applicable.

Statistical processing
Source data

Higher schools and scientific organisations.

Frequency of data collection

Annual

Data collection

Exhaustive survey via electronic questionnaire 'Report on PhD students'.

Data validation

Data validation is done by the National Statistical Institute and quality tests are carried out by the Eurostat.

Data compilation

Not applicable.

Adjustment

Not applicable.

Quality management
Quality assurance

A set of quality criteria have been set up within the Commission Regulation No 88/2011.

Quality assessment

The national quality report provides users with basic information on quality at national level.

Relevance
User needs

State and regional authorities, international organisations, national and foreign users.

User satisfaction

Information is not available.

Completeness

Information is not available.

Data completeness - rate

Not applicable (census).

Accuracy and reliability
Overall accuracy

Not applicable (census).

Sampling error

Not applicable (census).

Sampling errors - indicators

Not applicable (census).

Non-sampling error

Not applicable (census).

Coverage error

Not applicable (census).

Over-coverage - rate

Not applicable (census).

Common units - proportion

Not applicable (census).

Measurement error

Not applicable (census).

Non response error

Not applicable (census).

Unit non-response - rate

Not applicable (census).

Item non-response - rate

Not applicable (census).

Processing error

Not applicable (census).

Imputation - rate

Not applicable (no imputations).

Model assumption error

Not applicable (census).

Seasonal adjustment

Not applicable (no seasonal adjustments).

Data revision - policy

In accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Data revision - practice

In accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Data revision - average size

Not applicable (preliminary data not published).

Timeliness and punctuality
Timeliness

· Reference date: December 31;

· Fieldwork: January - February;

· Processing: March - April;

· Dissemination of national results: April;

· Transmission of data to Eurostat: September.

Time lag - first results

16 weeks.

Time lag - final results

Not applicable (only final results published).

Punctuality

All deliverables were sent in time.

Punctuality - delivery and publication

Not applicable (data published on exact date).

Coherence and comparability
Comparability - geographical

Fully comparable with all EU member states.

Asymmetry for mirror flows statistics - coefficient

Not applicable (no flows).

Comparability - over time

Partially comparable due to the changes of national legislation.

Length of comparable time series

17 years.

Coherence - cross domain

Data are coherent with 'Adult education survey'.

Coherence - sub annual and annual statistics

Not applicable (annual survey).

Coherence - National Accounts

Not applicable.

Coherence - internal

Carried out quality tests, mainly on the coherency of the gathered information.

Accessibility and clarity
News release

Regular press release in the internet site.

Publications

· Education in the Republic of Bulgaria;

· Statistical Yearbook;

· Statistical Reference Book;

· 'Bulgaria' (brochure).

On-line database

Data on tertiary education (educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’) is available to all users of the NSI website under the heading Education and Lifelong Learning: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/4912 and on Informational System "Infostat": https://infostat.nsi.bg/infostat/pages/module.jsf?x_2=164

Data tables - consultations

Not avaliable.

Micro-data access

In accordance to the Rules on Provision of the Anonymised Individual Data for Scientific and Research purposes.

Other

Information services by order in accordance to the Rules for Dissemination of Statistical Products and Services.

Metadata - consultations

Not avaliable.

Documentation on methodology

· Methodological documents of Eurostat;

· Survey Methodology: http://www.nsi.bg/sites/default/files/files/metadata/Edu_Meth_en.pdf

Metadata completeness – rate

Not avaliable.

Quality documentation

Quality report in accordance to the Commission Regulation No 88/2011.

Cost and burden

Information is not available.

Confidentiality
Confidentiality - policy

· Law on Statistics;

· Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.

Confidentiality – data treatment

In compliance to the Law on Statistics (Articles 25 and 26).

Comment
Metadata Structure Definition in SDMX 2.1: ESQRS_MSD+BNSI+2.0+SDMX.2.1.xml
Metadata Structure Definition in SDMX 2.0: ESQRS_MSD+BNSI+2.0+SDMX.2.0.xml
  • Friday, 27 April 2018 - 11:00

    The main results from the National Statistical Institute annual comprehensive surveys characterizing the activity of educational institutions are as follows:

    • In the 2017/2018 academic year in kindergartens are enrolled 220.9 thousand children or with 1.6% less in comparison with the previous year.
    • In 2017, upper-secondary graduates in general and vocational schools are respectively 26.6 thousand and 21.7 thousand students.
    • Enrolled in the varying degrees of higher education in 2017/2018 academic year are 236.3 thousand.
    • As of 31.12.2017 for acquiring educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’ in the country are trained 6 564 persons, of which 529 foreign citizens.
  • Friday, 15 September 2017 - 11:10

    Adult Education Survey is conducted once every five years in all EU Member States through a common methodology and a harmonized toolkit that provides comparable data for assessment on lifelong learning. 

    The National Statistical Institute presents final results from the survey conducted in the end of 2016.

  • Thursday, 27 April 2017 - 11:00

    The main results from the National Statistical Institute (NSI) annual comprehensive studies characterizing the activity of educational institutions are as follows:

    • In the 2016/2017 academic year in kindergartens are enrolled 224.4 thousand children or with 3.3% less in comparison with the previous year.
    • In 2016, high school graduates in general and vocational schools are respectively 24.4 and 20.6 thousand students.
    • Enrolled in the varying degrees of higher education in 2016/2017 academic year are 249.9 thousand.
    • As of 31.12.2016 for acquiring educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’ in the country are trained 6 738, of which 503 foreign citizens.
     
  • Thursday, 28 April 2016 - 11:00

    The main results from the National Statistical Institute (NSI) annual comprehensive studies characterizing the activity of educational institutions are as follows:

    • In the 2015/2016 academic year in kindergartens are enrolled 232.0 thousand children or with 3.8% less in comparison with the previous year.
    • In primary education (I - IV grade) 262.0 thousand pupils were enrolled and in the lower secondary (V - VIII grade) - 216.4 thousand.
    • In 2015, high school graduates in general and vocational schools are respectively 27.0 and 23.3 thousand students.
    • Enrolled in the varying degrees of higher education in 2015/2016 academic year are 266.7 thousand.
    • Continues the trend for increasing the number of Ph.D. students, as of 31.12.2015 for acquiring educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’ in the country trained 6 750. 
     
  • Tuesday, 28 April 2015 - 11:00

    The main results of the yearly exhaustive surveys that characterize the activity of the educational institutions, conducted by the National Statistical Institute (NSI), are:

    • The number of children in kindergartens for 2014/2015 was 241.1 thousand as an increase of 0.2% is observed in comparison with the previous school year.
    • In 2014, 27.3 and 26.2 thousand students graduated secondary education in respectively general and vocational schools.
    • For the 2014/2015 academic year, the number of enrolments in higher education was 279.0 thousand persons, which is a decrease with 1.5% in comparison to the previous year.
    • Significant increase of the number of Ph.D. students is observed. As of 31.12.2014, 6 671 Ph.D. students were enrolled in the country, or 9.3% more than the previous year.
     
  • Wednesday, 30 April 2014 - 11:00

    The main results of the yearly exhaustive surveys that characterize the activity of the educational institutions, conducted by the National Statistical Institute, are:

    • The number of children in kindergartens for 2013/2014 was 240.6 thousand as an increase of 2.4% is observed in comparison with the previous school year.
    • In 2013, 28.9 and 27.4 thousand students graduated secondary education in respectively general and vocational schools.
    • For the 2013/2014 academic year, the number of enrollments in higher education remained almost unchanged in comparison with the previous academic year - 277.2 thousand persons as a decrease in the number of students in private universities is registered.
    • Significant increase of the number of Ph.D. students is observed. As of 31.12.2013, 6 055 Ph.D. students were enrolled in the country, or 12.7% more than the previous academic year.
  • Tuesday, 30 April 2013 - 11:00

    The main results of the yearly exhaustive surveys that characterize the activity of the educational institutions, conducted by the National Statistical Institute (NSI), are:

    • The number of children in kindergartens for 2012/2013 was 235.0 thousand as an increase of 3.1% is observed in comparison with the previous school year.
    • In 2012, 30.3 and 29.4 thousand students graduated secondary education in respectively general and vocational schools.
    • For the 2012/2013 academic year, the number of enrollments in higher education remained almost unchanged in comparison with the previous academic year - 278.6 thousand persons as a decrease in the number of students in colleges (education-qualification degree "Professional Bachelor") and in private universities is registered.
    • Significant increase of the number of Ph.D. students is observed. As of 31.12.2012, 5 371 Ph.D. students were enrolled in the country, or 14.2% more than the previous academic year.

  • Wednesday, 26 September 2012 - 11:00

    Adult Education Survey covers broad range of topics, connected to the education and training of adults, like participation in different forms of Lifelong Learning (formal, non-formal and informal), reasons for non-participation, access to information on possibilities for education and training, use of computers, language skills, participation in cultural and social events.

  • Wednesday, 2 May 2012 - 11:00

    The educational structure of population aged 7 and more improves considerably, following the clearly expressed tendency of increase of the number and share of population with tertiary and upper secondary education and decrease the number of people with lower secondary or lower education.

    As of 1.02.2011 the Population census results shows 1 348.7 thousand persons with tertiary education, or each fifth person (19.6%). With upper secondary education are 2 990.4 thousand persons (43.4%). The proportion of persons with primary or lower education is 13.9% (or every seventh in 100).

  • Friday, 29 April 2011 - 11:00

    During the 2006 - 2010 period the educational attainment of the population aged 25 - 64 continues to improve following the clear-cut tendency towards an increase of the number and share of the population with tertiary and secondary education together with the decrease of the number and share of people with primary and lower education. The relative share of the population with tertiary education (college and university) increased from 21.9% in 2006 to 23.2% in 2010 or by 1.3 points and the share of the population with secondary education increased from 52.5 to 56.2% or by 3.7 points. Parallel to this, the relative share of persons with primary and lower education decreased by 5.0 points - from 25.6 to 20.6%. This means that 79.4% of the population at the most active working age (25 - 64 years of age) is with secondary or higher education.

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    The National Statistical Institute presents to the attention of users interested in social statistics the newest annual bilingual (Bulgarian and English) electronic publication Education in the Republic of Bulgaria 2017.

    The publication contains main data from the five carried out annual comprehensive statistical surveys, which characterizing the activity of educational institutions in Bulgaria for the period from 2012/2013 to 2016/2017 school (academic) years.

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    The Statistical Reference Book presents topical information on the demographic processes as well as the economic, social and cultural development of the Republic of Bulgaria for the 2013 - 2016 period.

  • Statistical Reference Book 2017 (Bulgarian version)
    The National Statistical Institute presents to users of statistical information the annual publication - Statistical Reference Book 2017 in Bulgarian.

    The Statistical Reference Book presents topical information on the demographic processes as well as the economic, social and cultural development of the Republic of Bulgaria for the 2013 - 2016 period.

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    It provides current statistical information about the demographic, economic and social development of the country for 2011 - 2015 in different territorial and classification aggregations and breakdowns.

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    The publication contains main data from the five carried out annual comprehensive statistical surveys, which characterizing the activity of educational institutions in Bulgaria for the period from 2011/2012 to 2015/2016 school (academic) years.

  • Statistical Reference Book 2016
    The National Statistical Institute presents to users of statistical information the annual publication - Statistical Reference Book 2016 in English.

    The Statistical Reference Book presents topical information on the demographic processes as well as the economic, social and cultural development of the Republic of Bulgaria for the 2012 - 2015 period.

  • Statistical Reference Book 2016 (Bulgarian version)
    The National Statistical Institute presents to users of statistical information the annual publication - Statistical Reference Book 2016 in Bulgarian.

    The Statistical Reference Book presents topical information on the demographic processes as well as the economic, social and cultural development of the Republic of Bulgaria for the 2012 - 2015 period.

  • Statistical Yearbook 2015
    The National Statistical Institute (NSI) has the pleasure to present to the attention of national and foreign users of statistical information the 83rd edition of the ‘Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Bulgaria’ in printed and electronic format.

    It provides current statistical information about the demographic, economic and social development of the country for 2010 - 2014 in different territorial and classification aggregations and breakdowns.

  • Education in the Republic of Bulgaria 2015

    The National Statistical Institute presents to the attention of users interested in social statistics the newest annual bilingual (Bulgarian and English) electronic publication Education in the Republic of Bulgaria 2015.

    The publication contains main data from the five carried out annual comprehensive statistical surveys, which characterizing the activity of educational institutions in Bulgaria for the period from 2010/2011 to 2014/2015 school (academic) years.

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    The National Statistical Institute presents to users of statistical information the annual publication - Statistical Reference Book 2015 in English.

    The Statistical Reference Book presents topical information on the demographic processes as well as the economic, social and cultural development of the Republic of Bulgaria for the 2010 - 2014 period.

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