What ETER tells us about the size distribution of Higher Education Institutions in Europe (ETER brief 5)

The main highlights of this policy brief are:

  • Almost half of the HEIs in ETER are very small to small; 42% are medium-sized, and only 12% are large to very large.
  • The size distribution of HEIs displays large differences between European countries and is also linked to structural characteristics that exist in their HE systems.
  • Size is strongly correlated with the institutional profile in terms of institutional category, legal status and coverage of educational levels and fields.