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 2020/2021 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 20 716 677 305 20 039 12 556
Severna i Yugoiztochna Bulgaria 17 - 17 6 569 337 153 6 232 4 438
Severozapaden 2 - 2 779 88 43 691 520
Vidin - - - 9 - - 9 7
Vratsa - - - 179 - - 179 32
Lovech - - - 31 31 9 - -
Pleven 2 - 2 560 57 34 503 481
Severen tsentralen 5 - 5 1 870 - - 1 870 1 328
Veliko Tarnovo 3 - 3 1 147 - - 1 147 857
Gabrovo 1 - 1 194 - - 194 138
Razgrad - - - 40 - - 40 10
Ruse 1 - 1 370 - - 370 311
Silistra - - - 119 - - 119 12
Severoiztochen 7 - 7 2 494 71 31 2 423 1 885
Varna 6 - 6 1 925 41 14 1 884 1 494
Dobrich - - - 30 30 17 - -
Shumen 1 - 1 539 - - 539 391
Yugoiztochen 3 - 3 1 426 178 79 1 248 705
Burgas 2 - 2 585 59 42 526 237
Sliven - - - 173 37 18 136 56
Stara Zagora 1 - 1 599 82 19 517 371
Yambol - - - 69 - - 69 41
Yugozapadna i Yuzhna tsentralna Bulgaria 37 4 33 14 147 340 152 13 807 8 118
Yugozapaden 29 4 25 11 154 290 111 10 864 6 330
Blgoevgrad 3 1 2 770 29 18 741 503
Pernik 1 - 1 31 - - 31 23
Sofia 1 - 1 42 - - 42 42
Sofia (stolitsa) 24 3 21 10 311 261 93 10 050 5 762
Yuzhen tsentralen 8 - 8 2 993 50 41 2 943 1 788
Kardzhali - - - 156 - - 156 22
Plovdiv 8 - 8 2 651 50 41 2 601 1 738
Slmolyan - - - 153 - - 153 18
Haskovo - - - 33 - - 33 10
Of which: female
Total х х х 10 605 397 178 10 208 6 569
Severna i Yugoiztochna Bulgaria х х х 3 468 175 88 3 293 2 382
Severozapaden х х х 444 49 28 395 295
Vidin х х х 3 - - 3 1
Vratsa х х х 111 - - 111 25
Lovech х х х 6 6 2 - -
Pleven х х х 324 43 26 281 269
Severen tsentralen х х х 911 - - 911 648
Veliko Tarnovo х х х 592 - - 592 449
Gabrovo х х х 56 - - 56 41
Razgrad х х х 16 - - 16 7
Ruse х х х 173 - - 173 145
Silistra х х х 74 - - 74 6
Severoiztochen х х х 1 340 40 17 1 300 1 034
Varna х х х 1 029 25 10 1 004 817
Dobrich х х х 15 15 7 - -
Shumen х х х 296 - - 296 217
Yugoiztochen х х х 773 86 43 687 405
Burgas х х х 351 26 18 325 156
Sliven х х х 76 18 9 58 28
Stara Zagora х х х 315 42 16 273 199
Yambol х х х 31 - - 31 22
Yugozapadna i Yuzhna tsentralna Bulgaria х х х 7 137 222 90 6 915 4 187
Yugozapaden х х х 5 553 188 61 5 365 3 170
Blgoevgrad х х х 448 12 7 436 297
Pernik х х х 9 - - 9 8
Sofia х х х 20 - - 20 20
Sofia (stolitsa) х х х 5 076 176 54 4 900 2 845
Yuzhen tsentralen х х х 1 584 34 29 1 550 1 017
Kardzhali х х х 72 - - 72 13
Plovdiv х х х 1 421 34 29 1 387 987
Slmolyan х х х 70 - - 70 10
Haskovo х х х 21 - - 21 7
HIGHER SCHOOLS, TEACHING STAFF, STUDENTS AND GRADUATES BY STATISTICAL ZONES, STATISTICAL REGIONS AND DISTRICTS IN 2020/2021 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 219 791 7 991 139 765 72 035 45 258 1 712 23 151 20 395
Severna i Yugoiztochna Bulgaria 77 286 4 031 49 072 24 183 17 115 1 001 8 753 7 361
Severozapaden 5 389 808 2 195 2 386 857 185 402 270
Vidin 448 - 448 - 65 - 65 -
Vratsa 1 118 223 895 - 196 28 155 13
Lovech 180 180 - - 35 35 - -
Pleven 3 643 405 852 2 386 561 122 182 257
Severen tsentralen 27 227 - 20 172 7 055 6 665 - 3 821 2 844
Veliko Tarnovo 15 748 - 11 325 4 423 4 589 - 2 611 1 978
Gabrovo 4 891 - 3 861 1 030 582 - 374 208
Razgrad 237 - 199 38 58 - 34 24
Ruse 6 096 - 4 532 1 564 1 390 - 756 634
Silistra 255 - 255 - 46 - 46 -
Severoiztochen 30 736 1 940 19 195 9 601 6 716 473 3 273 2 970
Varna 23 564 1 284 15 103 7 177 4 649 314 2 475 1 860
Dobrich 656 656 - - 159 159 - -
Shumen 6 516 - 4 092 2 424 1 908 - 798 1 110
Yugoiztochen 13 934 1 283 7 510 5 141 2 877 343 1 257 1 277
Burgas 6 169 645 3 653 1 871 1 283 158 537 588
Sliven 1 554 236 594 724 263 60 89 114
Stara Zagora 5 446 402 2 580 2 464 1 118 125 505 488
Yambol 765 - 683 82 213 - 126 87
Yugozapadna i Yuzhna tsentralna Bulgaria 142 505 3 960 90 693 47 852 28 143 711 14 398 13 034
Yugozapaden 104 293 3 491 64 936 35 866 20 975 590 10 652 9 733
Blgoevgrad 8 879 556 6 269 2 054 2 334 104 1 349 881
Pernik 47 - 39 8 4 - 4 -
Sofia 1 590 95 1 200 295 637 15 426 196
Sofia (stolitsa) 93 777 2 840 57 428 33 509 18 000 471 8 873 8 656
Yuzhen tsentralen 38 212 469 25 757 11 986 7 168 121 3 746 3 301
Kardzhali 589 - 589 - 103 - 103 -
Plovdiv 35 300 469 23 243 11 588 6 471 121 3 225 3 125
Slmolyan 1 440 - 1 136 304 342 - 227 115
Haskovo 883 - 789 94 252 - 191 61
Of which: female
Total 119 873 4 175 72 800 42 898 27 560 1 032 13 533 12 995
Severna i Yugoiztochna Bulgaria 42 646 2 360 25 443 14 843 10 543 639 5 133 4 771
Severozapaden 3 332 472 1 564 1 296 587 134 290 163
Vidin 254 - 254 - 33 - 33 -
Vratsa 863 74 789 - 154 6 136 12
Lovech 59 59 - - 18 18 - -
Pleven 2 156 339 521 1 296 382 110 121 151
Severen tsentralen 14 411 - 10 092 4 319 4 001 - 2 205 1 796
Veliko Tarnovo 9 683 - 6 698 2 985 2 924 - 1 567 1 357
Gabrovo 1 182 - 864 318 201 - 138 63
Razgrad 161 - 136 25 45 - 25 20
Ruse 3 251 - 2 260 991 808 - 452 356
Silistra 134 - 134 - 23 - 23 -
Severoiztochen 16 291 1 244 9 131 5 916 4 066 315 1 796 1 955
Varna 11 493 840 6 662 3 991 2 548 217 1 267 1 064
Dobrich 404 404 - - 98 98 - -
Shumen 4 394 - 2 469 1 925 1 420 - 529 891
Yugoiztochen 8 612 644 4 656 3 312 1 889 190 842 857
Burgas 3 825 290 2 285 1 250 851 95 353 403
Sliven 739 101 292 346 139 26 45 68
Stara Zagora 3 814 253 1 878 1 683 821 69 397 355
Yambol 234 - 201 33 78 - 47 31
Yugozapadna i Yuzhna tsentralna Bulgaria 77 227 1 815 47 357 28 055 17 017 393 8 400 8 224
Yugozapaden 55 106 1 483 33 017 20 606 12 451 307 6 155 5 989
Blgoevgrad 5 515 231 3 845 1 439 1 534 44 859 631
Pernik 14 - 14 - - - - -
Sofia 984 34 734 216 402 3 257 142
Sofia (stolitsa) 48 593 1 218 28 424 18 951 10 515 260 5 039 5 216
Yuzhen tsentralen 22 121 332 14 340 7 449 4 566 86 2 245 2 235
Kardzhali 408 - 408 - 70 - 70 -
Plovdiv 20 378 332 12 803 7 243 4 154 86 1 940 2 128
Slmolyan 647 - 514 133 148 - 92 56
Haskovo 688 - 615 73 194 - 143 51
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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

[email protected]

Contact phone number

+359 2 9857 511

Contact fax number
Metadata update
Metadata last certified26 April 2021
Metadata last posted26 April 2021
Metadata last update26 April 2021
Statistical presentation
Data description

Tertiary education statistics (educational-qualification degrees ‘Professional bachelor’, ‘Bachelor’ and ‘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 collected data for 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 - Eurostat Fields of Education and Training, 1999 (FOET);
  • Since 2017/2018 academic year - ISCED Fields of Education and Training 2013 (ISCED-F 2013).
Sector coverage

The survey covers all authorized higher schools (colleges, universities and equivalent higher schools) under the regulation of Higher Education Act and private spiritual higher schools, opened under the regulation of Religious Denominations Act.

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 about 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 educational institution, containing all 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 they have teaching activity.

The management personnel includes 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 regulations of the law. This means that the institution has a manager (director, rector or another manager), i.e. this is an independent educational institution. Dependent educational institutions are branches or units known under other names which 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 - 2020

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;

· Higher education Act.

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);

· Regions, districts and municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria.

On-line database

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

Micro-data access

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

Other

Information request 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.

Sampling error

Not applicable.

Non-sampling error

Not applicable.

Timeliness and punctuality
Timeliness

· Reference date: November 15;

· Data collection: November - December;

· Data 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 changes in the 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 Eurostat.

Data compilation

Not applicable.

Adjustment

Not applicable.

Comment
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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

[email protected]

Contact phone number

+359 2 9857 511

Contact fax number
Metadata update
Metadata last certified26 April 2021
Metadata last posted26 April 2021
Metadata last update26 April 2021
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 with educational and scientific degree 'Doctor'. The main breakdowns of characteristics for the collected 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’, complemented with the new doctoral programmes accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency since 2012;
  • Until 2016/2017 academic year - Eurostat Fields of Education and Training, 1999 (FOET);
  • Since 2017/2018 academic year - ISCED Fields of Education and Training 2013 (ISCED-F 2013).
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 implemented 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.

Graduates are those students who have received a document for a completed level from a legitimate education institution, containing all 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 regulations of the law. This means that the institution has a manager (director, rector or another manager), i.e. this is an independent educational institution. Dependent educational institutions are branches or units known under other names which are typically subordinate to an independent institution.

Statistical unit

PhD students.

Statistical population

Participants in formal education.

Reference area

Whole country.

Time coverage

2001 - 2020

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 on the NSI website under 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 for Provision of the Anonymised Individual Data for Scientific and Research purposes.

Other

Information request 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.

Sampling error

Not applicable (census).

Non-sampling error

Not applicable.

Timeliness and punctuality
Timeliness

· Reference date: December 31;

· Data collection: January - February;

· Data 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 in the 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 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
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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

[email protected]

Contact phone number

+359 2 9857 511

Contact fax number
Statistical presentation
Data description

Tertiary education statistics (educational-qualification degrees ‘Professional bachelor’, ‘Bachelor’ and ‘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 collected data for 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 - Eurostat Fields of Education and Training, 1999 (FOET);
  • Since 2017/2018 academic year - ISCED Fields of Education and Training 2013 (ISCED-F 2013).
Sector coverage

The survey covers all authorized higher schools (colleges, universities and equivalent higher schools) under the regulation of Higher Education Act and private spiritual higher schools, opened under the regulation of Religious Denominations Act.

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 about 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 educational institution, containing all 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 they have teaching activity.

The management personnel includes 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 regulations of the law. This means that the institution has a manager (director, rector or another manager), i.e. this is an independent educational institution. Dependent educational institutions are branches or units known under other names which 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 - 2020

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 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.

Sampling error

Not applicable.

Sampling errors - indicators

Not applicable.

Non-sampling error

Not applicable.

Coverage error

Not applicable.

Over-coverage - rate

Not applicable.

Common units - proportion

Not applicable.

Measurement error

Not applicable.

Non response error

Not applicable.

Unit non-response - rate

Not applicable.

Item non-response - rate

Not applicable.

Processing error

Not applicable.

Imputation - rate

Not applicable.

Model assumption error

Not applicable.

Seasonal adjustment

Not applicable.

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;

· Data collection: November - December;

· Data 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.

Comparability - over time

Partially comparable due to changes in the national legislation.

Length of comparable time series

20 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);

· Regions, districts and municipalities in the Republic of Bulgaria.

On-line database

Data on tertiary education (educational-qualification degrees 'Professional bachelor', 'Bachelor' and 'Master') are available to all users on the NSI website under the heading Education and Lifelong Learning: http://www.nsi.bg/en/node/4892 and on 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 for Provision of the Anonymised Individual Data for Scientific and Research purposes.

Other

Information request 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

[email protected]

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 with educational and scientific degree 'Doctor'. The main breakdowns of characteristics for the collected 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’, complemented with the new doctoral programmes accredited by the National Evaluation and Accreditation Agency since 2012;
  • Until 2016/2017 academic year - Eurostat Fields of Education and Training, 1999 (FOET);
  • Since 2017/2018 academic year - ISCED Fields of Education and Training 2013 (ISCED-F 2013).
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 implemented 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.

Graduates are those students who have received a document for a completed level from a legitimate education institution, containing all 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 regulations of the law. This means that the institution has a manager (director, rector or another manager), i.e. this is an independent educational institution. Dependent educational institutions are branches or units known under other names which are typically subordinate to an independent institution.

Statistical unit

PhD students.

Statistical population

Participants in formal education.

Reference area

Whole country.

Time coverage

2001 - 2020

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 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.

Sampling error

Not applicable (census).

Sampling errors - indicators

Not applicable.

Non-sampling error

Not applicable.

Coverage error

Not applicable.

Over-coverage - rate

Not applicable.

Common units - proportion

Not applicable.

Measurement error

Not applicable.

Non response error

Not applicable.

Unit non-response - rate

Not applicable.

Item non-response - rate

Not applicable.

Processing error

Not applicable.

Imputation - rate

Not applicable.

Model assumption error

Not applicable.

Seasonal adjustment

Not applicable.

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.

Timeliness and punctuality
Timeliness

· Reference date: December 31;

· Data collection: January - February;

· Data 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).

Punctuality

All deliverables were sent in time.

Punctuality - delivery and publication

Not applicable (data are published on an exact date).

Coherence and comparability
Comparability - geographical

Fully comparable with all EU member states.

Asymmetry for mirror flows statistics - coefficient

Not applicable.

Comparability - over time

Partially comparable due to the changes in the national legislation.

Length of comparable time series

20 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 on the NSI website under 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 for Provision of the Anonymised Individual Data for Scientific and Research purposes.

Other

Information request 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
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Metadata Structure Definition in SDMX 2.0: ESQRS_MSD+BNSI+2.0+SDMX.2.0.xml
  • Monday, 26 April 2021 - 11:00

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

    • In 2020/2021 school year in pre-primary education (kindergartens and preparatory groups at schools) were enrolled 215.7 thousand children.
    • In 2020, the number of basic education graduates was 59.9 thousand students and graduates from general and vocational schools were respectively 25.5 and 19.6 thousand students.
    • In 2020/2021 academic year, there were 219.8 thousand students enrolled in the different tertiary education levels (‘professional bachelor’, ‘bachelor’ and ‘master’).
    • As of 31.12.2020, for acquiring a ‘Doctor’ educational and scientific degree in the country were trained 6 570 persons, of whom 608 were foreign citizens.
  • Friday, 24 April 2020 - 11:00
     
    The main results from the National Statistical Institute (NSI) annual comprehensive surveys characterizing the activity of educational institutions are as follows:
    • In the 2019/2020 academic year in kindergartens are enrolled 217.9 thousand children or with 0.4% less in comparison with the previous year.
    • In 2019, high school graduates from general and vocational schools are respectively 25.8 and 21.6 thousand students.
    • In 2019/2020 academic year, 220.2 thousand persons were enrolled in the different tertiary education levels.
    • As of 31.12.2019 for acquiring a ‘Doctor’ educational and scientific degree in the country were trained 6 440 persons, of whom 558 foreign citizens.
  • Thursday, 25 April 2019 - 11:00

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

    • In the 2018/2019 academic year in kindergartens are enrolled 218.8 thousand children or with 1.0% less in comparison with the previous year.
    • In 2018, high school graduates from general and vocational schools are respectively 26.5 and 23.0 thousand students.
    • Enrolled in the varying degrees of higher education in 2018/2019 academic year are 229.5 thousand persons.
    • As of 31.12.2018 for acquiring educational and scientific degree ‘Doctor’ in the country are trained 6 467, of which 504 foreign citizens.
  • 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.

Pages

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    The National Statistical Institute presents to users of statistical information the annual publication - Statistical Reference Book 2021 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 2016 - 2020 period.

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    It provides current statistical information about the demographic, economic and social development of the country for 2014 - 2019 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 2020.

    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 2015/2016 to 2019/2020 school (academic) years.

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    The National Statistical Institute presents to users of statistical information the annual publication - Statistical Reference Book 2020 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 2016 - 2019 period.

  • Statistical Reference Book 2020 (Bulgarian version)
    The National Statistical Institute presents to users of statistical information the annual publication - Statistical Reference Book 2020 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 2016 - 2019 period.

  • Statistical Yearbook 2019
    The National Statistical Institute (NSI) has the pleasure to present to the attention of national and foreign users of statistical information the 87th 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 2013 - 2018 in different territorial and classification aggregations and breakdowns.

  • Education in the Republic of Bulgaria 2019
    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 2019.

    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 2014/2015 to 2018/2019 school (academic) years.

  • Statistical Yearbook 2018 in infographics
    The National Statistical Institute presents to your attention the 86th edition of the Statistical Yearbook of the Republic of Bulgaria in infographics.

    In 2018, for the first time, we presented the results of the statistical surveys through graphics, images and other visualization tools, which resulted in a positive response among a wide range of users. We believe that this modern way of presenting statistical information will trigger the interest in those who for the first time encounter the meaning of numbers revealing important aspects of socio-economic life.

  • Statistical Reference Book 2019
    The National Statistical Institute presents to users of statistical information the annual publication - Statistical Reference Book 2019 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 2015 - 2018 period.

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