Bar Ilan University Ceremony.
(photo credit: Yoni Reif)
Israel lags behind other OECD countries in the number of doctorates awarded in
2011, according to a report released by Israel’s Central Bureau of Statistics
According to the report, which showcased data on recipients of
academic degrees in Israel, 1.4 percent of Israelis received a PhD in 2011,
compared to 1.6% in the rest of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and
The figures revealed, however, that in the
2011-2012 academic year, the rate for bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Israel
was 40%, compared to 39% for the other OECD members.
At the end of the
2011-2012 academic year, the number of higher education graduates in Israel had
tripled since 1995, with some 69,500 people, out of whom 39,100 received degrees
from universities, including the Open University, and 30,400 graduated from
colleges, including educational colleges.
Among all those that received a
degree in 2012, 68.2% received a bachelor’s degree, 28% received a master’s
degree and 2.3% received a PhD. The majority of graduates in all three levels
In addition, Arab students constituted some 9.7% of BA
graduates, 8% of MA recipients and 3.5% of those awarded PhDs.
Central Bureau of Statistics’s figures showed that among the graduates, the most
popular areas of study were social sciences and the humanities, business
management, natural sciences and mathematics.
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