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Canada. Women outnumber Men among University Graduates

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About 241,600 students received a degree, diploma or certificate qualification from a Canadian university in 2007, a 6.9% increase from 2006. Over 80% of the increase occurred in Ontario.

Nearly 61% of qualifications, or 146,700, were awarded to women, continuing a long-term trend in which female graduates outnumber their male counterparts and their proportion continues to increase.

At the undergraduate level, some 195,200 students received a degree, a certificate or a diploma in 2007, up 7.6% from 2006. The vast majority (90%) of the increase occurred in Ontario.

About 34,800 students received a master's level qualification in 2007, up 2.1% from 2006. Of these, 16,000 were men, unchanged from 2006, and 18,800 were women, a 3.9% increase.

Universities granted 4,800 doctorate degrees in 2007, the highest number recorded. Women accounted for 44.5% of these doctorates in 2007, up from 35.9% a decade earlier.

The number of degrees, diplomas and certificates rose in all fields of study in 2007, except two: mathematics, computer and information sciences (-9.2%) and personal improvement and leisure (-6.7%).

The five fields of study with the largest numbers of qualifications awarded accounted for nearly three-quarters of all graduates. These are: social and behavioural sciences, and law; business, management and public administration; education; health, parks, recreation and fitness; and humanities. Among these, the largest increase in graduates occurred in social and behavioural sciences, and law (+10.9%); health, parks, recreation and fitness (+10.0%); and humanities (+7.6%).

Source: Statistics Canada, July 13, 2009

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