Arabs half as likely to get undergraduate degrees

Statistics from a 2011/12 report reveals that some 3,606 Arabs pursue an undergraduate degree at Israeli institutions.

November 26, 2014 17:26
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Arabs comprised 10.3% of all undergraduate recipients aged 18-29 in 2011/12, although 22.8% of Israelis in that age group were from the sector.

Furthermore, the average age of Arabs receiving undergraduate degrees was 2.8 years less than their counterparts from the Jewish sector – 23.7 compared to 26.7.

These are some of the finding of “Arabs in Higher Education in Israel – Recipients of a First Degree,” a report the Central Bureau of Statistics released on Wednesday.

A total of 3,606 Arabs – 2,613 Muslims, 627 Christians and 366 Druse – received undergraduate degrees in 2011/12.

Out of the 3,606 degree recipients, 2,649, about 73.5%, were women.

Some 49% of Arabs getting undergraduate degrees completed their studies at universities, while 28.6% received degrees from academic colleges for education and 20.9% from academic colleges.

During this same year, 11.2% of recipients of undergraduate degrees from universities were Arabs, compared to 4.5% at the Open University, 5.1% at academic colleges, and 30.7% at academic colleges for education.

Many Arab students pursued degrees in the fields of education and teacher training (30%), paramedical fields (26.5%), regional languages and literature (17.4%) and the humanities (15.5%).

In contrast Arab students least pursued the fields of business and management (3.4%), arts and applied arts (2.9%) and agriculture (2%).

Furthermore, the proportion of undergraduate Arab students was highest in the fields of Arabic language and literature (64.4%), medical laboratory sciences (51.5%), pharmacology (47.2%), Hebrew language (44.2%), nursing care (35.3%), statistics (34.5%) and Hebrew literature (33.9%).

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