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The share of 30 to 34 year old persons who have attained tertiary education has continuously increased since 2008, from 31.2% to 37.9% in 2014. The EU seems to be on track to meet its target which is to increase this share to at least 40% by 2020. However, the shares of men and women are converging towards the target at different paces. Data show that the growth of tertiary graduates has been considerably faster for women. This share reached the Europe 2020 target value already eight years in advance and continues to increase (42.3% in 2014). For men, progress has been slower: by 2014, only 33.6% of 30 to 34 year old men had attained tertiary education.

Main page: Progress towards Europe 2020 headline targets

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