Statistics on gender balance and diversity
Gender balance in scientific positions
- In 2019 the share of women among full professors in the sector was 32 per cent (31,1 per cent in 2018).
- The share of female professors has increased with about 1 percentage point every year the last ten years.
- Among PhD-candidates there were 54 per cent women in 2019 (54 per cent women in 2018).
- Among associate professors there were 52 per cent men and 48 per cent women in 2019.
NIFU: R&D Statistics Bank
Diku – the Norwegian Agency for International Cooperation and Quality Enhancement in Higher Education: Status report for higher education 2020 (in Norwegian) Status report for higher education 2019 (in Norwegian)
PhDs: Key figures
- 1 583 persons defended their PhD-dissertation at Norwegian universities and university colleges in 2019. This is 19 more than in 2018.
- Gender balance in 2019: 793 of the PhD graduates were men and 790 were women. In 2018 782 of the PhD graduates were men, while 782 were women.
- Altogether the dispersion between women and men among PhD graduates has been completely balanced since 2012.
- 2014 was the first year when more women than men graduated at doctorate level.
- 40 per cent of the PhDs in 2019 were completed by foreign citizens.
PhDs: subject field, gender and citizenship
- Female PhD graduates are in majority in the subject fields medical sciences, social sciences and the humanities. In these fields 60 per cent of the PhD graduates were female in 2019.
- The share of men is particularly high within technology and mathematics/natural sciences. In 2019 male PhDs accounted for 60 and 74 per cent of the completed graduations within these fields respectively.
- 40 per cent of the PhD graduates were of foreign origin in 2019.
- In 2019 the share of PhDs with foreign citizenship increased the most within technology and natural sciences.
- In 2017 54 per cent of the foreign PhD graduates were from Europe, 27 per cent were from Asia, 10 per cent from Africa and 8 per cent from the American continent.
Statistics on diversity
The statistics on diversity is the first extensive overview on the role of immigrants and descendents of immigrants in higher education and the research sector. So far, it has been compiled for the years 2007, 2010 and 2014. The statistics is a cooperative project between the Nordic Institute for Studies in Innovation, Research and Education (NIFU) and Statistics Norway (SSB). The diversity statistics is compiled on request from the Ministry of Education.
Among other findings, the diversity statistics show that the share of research & development personnel (R&D) with an immigrant background has increased from 14 to 20 percentage points in the period from 2007 to 2014.
Being a foreigner is no advantage. Career paths and barriers for immigrants in Norwegian academia
Study conducted by NIFU in collaboration with the Work Research Institute (AFI) (2016)
Sources (in Norwegian only):
Mangfoldstatistikk. Statistikk om innvandrere og etterkommere av innvandrere i norsk forskning og høyere utdanning (NIFU arbeidsnotat 2016: 17)
Mer mangfoldsstatistikk (NIFU arbeidsnotat 2017:4)
I 2019 35,8 per cent of 19-24-year-olds were in higher education.
The total number of students enrolled in higher education in Norway and Norwegian students studying abroad was 296 182 in 2019, an increase of 2895 students from the year before.
Just below 40 per cent male and slightly more than 60 per cent female completed higher education in the academic year 2018/2019.
In 2018/2019 immigrants accounted for more than 11,5 per cent of the graduations from universities and colleges in Norway, 3 per cent of the graduates were Norwegian-born to immigrant parents and 86,3 per cent were other population.
For new students in higher education in 2010, 66 per cent completed a degree within eight years. 61 per cent of the male students finished within eight years, while 70 per cent of the women did the same.
Statistics and indicators for the research system are presented by The Research Council of Norway in Report on Science & Technology Indicators for Norway 2019 (in Norwegian).
- The report She Figures looks at women’s representation in academia in the EU countries. The report contains comparative statistics that also include Norway, and is published every three years:
She figures 2018 (.pdf)
She figures 2015 (.pdf)
She figures 2012 - Gender in Research and Innovation, Statistics and Indicators (.pdf)
She figures 2009 - Statistics and Indicators on Gender Equality in Science (.pdf).
She Figures 2006 - Women and Science Statistics and Indicators (.pdf)
- Ten years ago the European Commission started its activities on “women in science”. The report Stocktaking 10 years of “Women in Science” policy by the European Commission 1999-2009 records this ten-year history, analyses the activities undertaken, provides an assessment of their effectiveness and appropriateness.