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Though the proportion of people with tertiary level education is lower in the Acceding Countries, these people are subsequently more likely to work in science and technology occupations than their EU counterparts. The Acceding Countries reach 82% of the EU average for people working in science and technology. Compared to the Acceding Countries, studying science is almost twice as popular in the EU. Engineering courses are equally as popular in the Acceding Countries. There is an under-representation of women in science and engineering disciplines, both in the EU and the Acceding Countries.

The Statistics in Focus series is published regularly by Eurostat and provides up-to-date summaries of the main results of statistical surveys, studies and analyses. It consists of about four to eight pages per issue.

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Authors: STRACK G, Eurostat, Luxembourg (LU)
Bibliographic Reference: Statistics in Focus: Science and Technology - Theme 9 - Issue 9/2003, 8pp
Availability: EUR-OP references: KS-NS-03-009-DE-N; KS-NS-03-009-EN-N ; KS-NS-03-009-FR-N Statistics in Focus can be downloaded free of charge from the Eurostat web site:
ISBN: ISSN: 1609-5895
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