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Education

Italy within the European context


At the European level, Italy is among the eight countries with a ratio of public spending on education to GDP lower than the average, almost 3 points behind Denmark showing the highest share.

In the European Union rankings, Italy continues to come fourth from bottom for the number of 25-64-year-olds with low education attainment (the incidence of poorly educated adults is nearly double that of the Eu28), and fifth from bottom for early school leavers (15.0 percent against the Eu average of 11.1 percent). The indicator of adults' participation in education or training shows values slightly lower than the European average, thus ranking Italy in the middle. The rate of participation of young people aged 15-24 in education and training in 2013 was 6 percentage points lower than the European average, only higher than that of Austria, Bulgaria, United Kingdom and Greece. Regarding population aged 30-34 with tertiary education, sixteen Eu countries have already achieved the European target of 40 percent set in the Europe 2020 Strategy, while Italy continues to hold the last position.

For young people not in education, employment or training, finally, Italy still ranks second last in the list of 28 European countries, only followed by Greece, and with a trend opposite to that of major European partners, where this rate is decreasing.