Japan last on female collegian list

Kyodo

Japan placed last in the 30-member Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development in terms of the percentage of its women who finished higher education compared with the total population in 2003.

Women who obtained bachelor’s degrees came to 39 percent, compared with the OECD’s average of 55 percent. Master’s degree holders stood at 26 percent, compared with the 51 percent OECD average. Doctorate holders came to 23 percent, compared with the average of 40 percent, according to an OECD survey conducted in 2003 and released Tuesday.

All three figures were the lowest out of the 30-member group of nations.

The survey also showed Japan had fewer foreign students at universities compared with other OECD members. Foreign students at Japan’s institutions of higher education amounted to 1.9 percent of the total student numbers, compared with the OECD average of 5.7 percent, the report says.

Public spending on education meanwhile came to 3.5 percent of the gross domestic product in Japan, compared with the OECD average of 5 percent.