In comparison to other Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) member countries, few Icelanders are graduating from college.
According to “Education at a Glance,” a new report on the status of education around the world prepared by the OECD [PDF link], the percentage of Icelanders who have achieved at least an upper secondary level of education is 4 points below the OECD average of 75%, and 5 points below the EU average. Those who graduate from upper secondary education in Iceland are also older than the average student in the OECD, as most OECD graduates are 20, but they average 22-years of age in Iceland.
The OECD report further showed that women are the better educated of the genders in Iceland, with the majority of graduates from general, pre-vocational, and vocational programmes being women. In terms of educational programmes, the lions share of men are being educated in engineering, manufacturing and construction, while women are seeking education in the humanities, arts, education, and services the most.