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 2016/2017 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 22 223 768 393 21 455 13 469
Severna i Yugoiztochna Bulgaria 16 - 16 6 533 349 184 6 184 4 706
Severozapaden 1 - 1 670 83 41 587 408
Vratsa - - - 197 - - 197 41
Lovech - - - 30 30 11 - -
Pleven 1 - 1 443 53 30 390 367
Severen tsentralen 5 - 5 2 080 - - 2 080 1 688
Veliko Tarnovo 3 - 3 1 234 - - 1 234 1 081
Gabrovo 1 - 1 227 - - 227 164
Razgrad - - - 43 - - 43 16
Ruse 1 - 1 485 - - 485 411
Silistra - - - 91 - - 91 16
Severoiztochen 7 - 7 2 392 87 44 2 305 1 820
Varna 6 - 6 1 870 55 22 1 815 1 446
Dobrich - - - 32 32 22 - -
Shumen 1 - 1 490 - - 490 374
Yugoiztochen 3 - 3 1 391 179 99 1 212 790
Burgas 2 - 2 572 98 66 474 287
Sliven - - - 169 39 19 130 61
Stara Zagora 1 - 1 553 42 14 511 393
Yambol - - - 97 - - 97 49
Yugozapadna i Yuzhna tsentralna Bulgaria 38 4 34 15 690 419 209 15 271 8 763
Yugozapaden 29 4 25 12 396 312 144 12 084 6 825
Blgoevgrad 3 1 2 830 26 17 804 548
Pernik 1 - 1 89 - - 89 68
Sofia 1 - 1 61 - - 61 61
Sofia (stolitsa) 24 3 21 11 416 286 127 11 130 6 148
Yuzhen tsentralen 9 - 9 3 294 107 65 3 187 1 938
Kardzhali - - - 186 - - 186 33
Plovdiv 9 - 9 2 867 57 50 2 810 1 874
Slmolyan - - - 199 50 15 149 20
Haskovo - - - 42 - - 42 11
Of which: female
Total х х х 18 019 451 232 10 468 6 868
Severna i Yugoiztochna Bulgaria х х х 5 883 212 117 3 109 2 445
Severozapaden х х х 654 47 27 338 242
Vratsa х х х 145 - - 116 29
Lovech х х х 10 6 4 - -
Pleven х х х 499 41 23 222 213
Severen tsentralen х х х 1 676 - - 911 765
Veliko Tarnovo х х х 1 059 - - 552 507
Gabrovo х х х 118 - - 67 51
Razgrad х х х 37 - - 24 13
Ruse х х х 405 - - 220 185
Silistra х х х 57 - - 48 9
Severoiztochen х х х 2 317 57 27 1 225 1 008
Varna х х х 1 814 42 18 957 797
Dobrich х х х 24 15 9 - -
Shumen х х х 479 - - 268 211
Yugoiztochen х х х 1 236 108 63 635 430
Burgas х х х 547 58 41 279 169
Sliven х х х 109 22 10 53 24
Stara Zagora х х х 512 28 12 261 211
Yambol х х х 68 - - 42 26
Yugozapadna i Yuzhna tsentralna Bulgaria х х х 12 136 239 115 7 359 4 423
Yugozapaden х х х 9 301 184 73 5 711 3 333
Blgoevgrad х х х 729 11 7 415 296
Pernik х х х 48 - - 27 21
Sofia х х х 60 - - 30 30
Sofia (stolitsa) х х х 8 464 173 66 5 239 2 986
Yuzhen tsentralen х х х 2 835 55 42 1 648 1 090
Kardzhali х х х 104 - - 85 19
Plovdiv х х х 2 597 40 37 1 469 1 051
Slmolyan х х х 99 15 5 67 12
Haskovo х х х 35 - - 27 8
HIGHER SCHOOLS, TEACHING STAFF, STUDENTS AND GRADUATES BY STATISTICAL ZONES, STATISTICAL REGIONS AND DISTRICTS IN 2016/2017 ACADEMIC YEAR
(continued end end)
(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 243 199 10 335 155 237 77 627 58 919 2 418 30 895 25 606
Severna i Yugoiztochna Bulgaria 87 851 4 551 58 161 25 139 23 502 1 132 12 529 9 841
Severozapaden 3 612 622 1 563 1 427 604 185 284 135
Vratsa 1 033 - 996 37 147 - 147 -
Lovech 215 215 - - 50 50 - -
Pleven 2 364 407 567 1 390 407 135 137 135
Severen tsentralen 36 464 - 26 635 9 829 10 616 - 6 022 4 594
Veliko Tarnovo 21 683 - 15 784 5 899 7 592 - 4 200 3 392
Gabrovo 6 454 - 4 499 1 955 832 - 494 338
Razgrad 278 - 232 46 101 - 72 29
Ruse 7 673 - 5 800 1 873 2 002 - 1 188 814
Silistra 376 - 320 56 89 - 68 21
Severoiztochen 33 757 2 143 21 728 9 886 9 128 626 4 687 3 815
Varna 26 886 1 386 17 249 8 251 7 269 445 3 834 2 990
Dobrich 757 757 - - 181 181 - -
Shumen 6 114 - 4 479 1 635 1 678 - 853 825
Yugoiztochen 14 018 1 786 8 235 3 997 3 154 321 1 536 1 297
Burgas 7 142 1 317 4 122 1 703 1 594 214 640 740
Sliven 930 231 530 169 203 72 78 53
Stara Zagora 5 155 238 2 908 2 009 1 134 35 654 445
Yambol 791 - 675 116 223 - 164 59
Yugozapadna i Yuzhna tsentralna Bulgaria 155 348 5 784 97 076 52 488 35 417 1 286 18 366 15 765
Yugozapaden 115 741 3 800 70 968 40 973 26 299 908 13 429 11 962
Blgoevgrad 10 861 568 7 826 2 467 2 909 180 1 647 1 082
Pernik 40 - 40 - 34 - 29 5
Sofia 3 336 - 2 865 471 1 323 - 1 059 264
Sofia (stolitsa) 101 504 3 232 60 237 38 035 22 033 728 10 694 10 611
Yuzhen tsentralen 39 607 1 984 26 108 11 515 9 118 378 4 937 3 803
Kardzhali 889 - 889 - 214 - 214 -
Plovdiv 36 868 1 780 23 775 11 313 8 432 341 4 344 3 747
Slmolyan 1 584 204 1 178 202 416 37 323 56
Haskovo 266 - 266 - 56 - 56 -
Of which: female
Total 130 803 5 417 80 646 44 740 36 188 1 380 18 370 16 438
Severna i Yugoiztochna Bulgaria 47 155 2 600 30 044 14 511 14 410 689 7 328 6 393
Severozapaden 2 516 397 1 324 795 471 120 251 100
Vratsa 886 - 851 35 135 - 135 -
Lovech 59 59 - - 17 17 - -
Pleven 1 571 338 473 760 319 103 116 100
Severen tsentralen 18 684 - 12 961 5 723 6 089 - 3 231 2 858
Veliko Tarnovo 12 626 - 8 713 3 913 4 598 - 2 350 2 248
Gabrovo 1 941 - 1 234 707 336 - 181 155
Razgrad 198 - 158 40 79 - 55 24
Ruse 3 719 - 2 710 1 009 1 018 - 607 411
Silistra 200 - 146 54 58 - 38 20
Severoiztochen 17 680 1 325 10 824 5 531 5 769 405 2 828 2 536
Varna 13 016 842 7 906 4 268 4 417 293 2 255 1 869
Dobrich 483 483 - - 112 112 - -
Shumen 4 181 - 2 918 1 263 1 240 - 573 667
Yugoiztochen 8 275 878 4 935 2 462 2 081 164 1 018 899
Burgas 4 094 621 2 419 1 054 1 057 110 427 520
Sliven 357 99 213 45 62 27 14 21
Stara Zagora 3 536 158 2 071 1 307 867 27 512 328
Yambol 288 - 232 56 95 - 65 30
Yugozapadna i Yuzhna tsentralna Bulgaria 83 648 2 817 50 602 30 229 21 778 691 11 042 10 045
Yugozapaden 61 063 1 767 36 348 22 948 15 740 461 7 849 7 430
Blgoevgrad 6 554 272 4 619 1 663 1 944 77 1 069 798
Pernik 1 - 1 - 3 - 2 1
Sofia 2 117 - 1 763 354 873 - 677 196
Sofia (stolitsa) 52 391 1 495 29 965 20 931 12 920 384 6 101 6 435
Yuzhen tsentralen 22 585 1 050 14 254 7 281 6 038 230 3 193 2 615
Kardzhali 554 - 554 - 152 - 152 -
Plovdiv 21 054 1 019 12 875 7 160 5 583 224 2 787 2 572
Slmolyan 718 31 566 121 250 6 201 43
Haskovo 259 - 259 - 53 - 53 -
27.04.2017


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 2017
Metadata last posted27 April 2017
Metadata last update27 April 2017
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);
• Classification of the fields of education and specialties of tertiary education for the educational-qualification degrees ‘Professional Bachelor ’, ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Master’.

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 - 2016

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

Not available.

Completeness

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' and 'Continuing vocational survey' data.

Coherence - internal

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

Cost and burden

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: 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 2017
Metadata last posted27 April 2017
Metadata last update27 April 2017
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

• Classification of the specialties for acquiring the educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’;
• Classification of the fields of education and training.

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 - 2016

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

Not available.

Completeness

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' and 'Continuing vocational survey' data.

Coherence - internal

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

Cost and burden

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: 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);
• Classification of the fields of education and specialties of tertiary education for the educational-qualification degrees ‘Professional Bachelor ’, ‘Bachelor’ and ‘Master’.

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 - 2016

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

Not available.

Completeness

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

16 years.

Coherence - cross domain

Data is coherent with 'Adult education survey' and 'Continuing vocational survey' data.

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

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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Metadata Structure Definition: ESQRS_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
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

• Classification of the specialties for acquiring the educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’;
• Classification of the fields of education and training.

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 - 2016

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

Not available.

Completeness

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

12 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

16 years.

Coherence - cross domain

Data are coherent with 'Adult education survey' and 'Continuing vocational survey' data.

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

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: ESQRS_MSD+BNSI+2.0+SDMX.2.0.xml
  • 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

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  • Wednesday, 2 May 2012 - 11:00

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    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

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  • Education in the Republic of Bulgaria 2017
    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.

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

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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 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 2016.

    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.

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

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    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.

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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 2010/2011 to 2014/2015 school (academic) years.

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