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Education Industry Statistics

In recent years, the education sector has experienced dramatic changes, largely due to the development of technology and the COVID-19 pandemic. Now, education is more tech-oriented, with virtual learning taking precedence over in-person instruction. Despite these shifts, education remains essential, particularly in higher education.

Thus, we are examining key global education statistics to help students and institutions alike adjust to a more digital and flexible learning landscape.



Learning losses from missed in-person schooling amounting to 2 trillion hours of lost learning.


Globally, 40% of countries trained three quarters or more of teachers on distance learning methods including various forms of ICT


41% of lower income countries reduced their spending on education after the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, with an average decline in spending of 13.5%.


Gender Equality

One additional school year can increase a woman's earnings by 10% to 20%.


Human capital wealth could increase by almost 22% globally with gender equality in earnings.


129 million girls worldwide are out of school.


Only 35% of all university students enrolled in STEM-related fields are women.


Quality Teaching

By 2030, countries must recruit 69 million teachers to provide every child with primary and secondary education: 24.4 million primary school teachers and 44.4 million secondary school teachers.


The global average pupil/trained teacher ratio (PTTR) in primary education was 27:1 ranging from 56:1 in sub-Saharan Africa to 17:1 in Europe.


In one-third of all countries, less than 75% of teachers were trained according to national standards in 2013.



Inclusive Education

The literacy rate for adults with disabilities is 3%. For women with disabilities the literacy rate is even lower, at 1%


In low and lower-middle income countries, around 40% of children with disabilities are out of school at primary level and 55% at lower secondary level


Domestic Financing

Government per capita spending on education was on average nearly 150 times higher in high-income countries than in low-income countries.


One in three countries spend less than 4% of their GDP and less than 15% of their budget on education.


Artificial Intelligence

Artificial Intelligence (AI) can have a significant impact on the classroom, providing students and teachers with virtual assistants to help manage their time, personalized learning experiences, and the ability to power remote and online learning systems. It can also facilitate language translation in educational settings where students speak different languages. UNESCO believes that AI has the potential to address global educational inequalities and improve access to knowledge around the world. However, it also comes with its own set of challenges that must be addressed to ensure the technology is deployed fairly and doesn't worsen existing inequalities.

ARTICLE: AI power to be feared or embraced?


Remote, Online, & Hybrid Learning

Learning that takes place remotely, online, and through hybrid formats is becoming increasingly common in educational institutions, allowing students to access educational materials and experiences regardless of their physical location. This makes education more accessible to those living in isolated or rural areas, while also providing an opportunity for those with busy lives to keep their skills up-to-date. The rapid pace of technological advancement has made it necessary for people to frequently update their skills, leading to the emergence of new forms of learning such as micro-learning or nano-learning.

ARTICLE: E-learning vs. blended learning


Soft Skills & STEM

In the near future, STEM education will increasingly incorporate soft skills such as communication, teamwork, creative thinking, interpersonal problem-solving, relationship management, and conflict resolution. These human skills are invaluable to employers and industry, and are unlikely to be replaced by machines any time soon. As such, organizations will need to measure and assess these skills to ensure their success. As a result, STEM education will place greater emphasis on soft skills and will make efforts to measure and assess their organizational capabilities in this area.


Vocational & Technical Education

High schools are expected to allocate more of their resources to prepare students for alternative paths than the usual college courses. Vocational and technical courses that provide a wide range of skills are set to become more prevalent as schools collaborate with employers to create new solutions to address the current skills gap. Today still, schools prioritize the minority group of high school graduates that go on to study at college at the expense of those who are opting for apprenticeships, on-the-job training and other non-traditional methods of furthering their education. As the labor market continues to move away from only requiring college-educated individuals and towards seeking people with the required skills, schools must adapt accordingly.

ARTICLE: The importance of vocational training for career development


Virtual & Augmented Reality

VR and AR are two forms of extended reality (XR) that are becoming increasingly important within educational systems. With VR, users can enter a virtual world and experience a variety of "experiences" such as stepping back in time and experiencing history or training for dangerous tasks. It can also be used for virtual classrooms and healthcare training. AR requires a device but is different as it superimposes computer-generated images onto what the user is actually seeing, which can provide real-time information. AR textbooks are becoming available that contain images and models that "come alive" when viewed through a smartphone camera, and museums and sites of interest are adding AR to create more immersive education opportunities.

ARTICLE: The intersection of education and technology

Our Resources

Informed decision-making is the cornerstone of any successful Education Institution strategy. This is especially true in today’s world, where every day institutions like yours must make countless, crucial decisions and often under great pressure and uncertainty.

We have put together a range of resources and toolkits to help education institutions succeed in their journey towards excellence.


TOOLKIT: Invest in Education

From Marketing & Recruitment to Program & Curriculum, get the EHL Education Consulting expert resources to help you achieve Education Excellence.

SELF-ASSESSMENT: Student-Centric Learning

Increasing competitive alternatives to traditional education, growing student expectations regarding personalization and employability: student centricity will be the key differentiator for successful education offers in 2030.

SELF-ASSESSMENT: Integrative Learning

Changes in learning behaviors brought by technology and growing student expectations regarding personalization and employability force institutions to evolve towards inclusive educational environments. Is your institution ready?

CASE STUDIES: from EHL's Network of Schools

We have helped them set new benchmarks and grow their business with tailor-made services. Browse some of our clients and learn more about the projects we brought to life together.

TOOLKIT: Digital Transformation for Education

For educational organizations, digital adoption can help institutions become more competitive. Make sure that you are allocating your budget to the efforts that provide the best ROI!

GUIDE: Drive Urban Change by Investing in Education

Facilitating public-private cooperation in the education sector to revive cities and regions is an effective way to foster positive effects on employability and the local communities for truly impactful investments.  

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