Statistics show that Irish people are the most interested in online courses in the EU

The number of people in the European Union taking an online course or using e-learning resources increased by 4% in 2021 compared to the previous year, data from Eurostat, the statistical office, revealed. of the European Union.

Some 27% of people aged 16 to 74 in the EU said they had taken an online course or used e-learning material, an increase from 23% of people doing so in 2020, Erudera reports. com.

Data shows that among EU member states, Ireland had the highest percentage of people aged 16-74 who took an online course or used e-learning material, at 46% Irish citizens and residents taking at least one online course or using online learning resources. .

Finland and Sweden reported a percentage of 45%, while the Netherlands reported 44%. On the other hand, the EU member states that reported the lowest number of people taking online courses are:

  • Romania – ten percent
  • Bulgaria – 12%
  • Croatia – 18%

According to Eurostat data, in 2019 – before the COVID-19 pandemic, all Member States saw an increase in the number of people taking online courses or using e-learning resources, except for Romania, where this number has fallen to 10%.

“Among the biggest increases are the Netherlands (+21 pp), followed by Luxembourg and Slovenia (+19 pp) and Greece (+18 pp)”, Eurostat remarks.

Regarding the age of EU students taking online courses, the data indicates that 16-24 year olds have taken more online courses than the adult population. 39% of young people were enrolled in online courses in 2021, while a further 49% used online learning materials.

According to the data, the number of people who take online courses decreases with age, as only 3% of people aged 65 to 74 took an online course in 2021.

Shares continue to decline as age increases, reaching the lowest point among older adults (65-74), where 3% have taken an online course and 4% have used online learning materials. line “, read the report.

On the International Day of Education, 24 January, the European Commission and High Representative/Vice-President Josep Borrell issued a statement stating, among other things, that the EU aims to provide at least 80% young people with digital skills by 2030. In their statement, the European Commission and the High Representative said that with the Digital Education Action Plan, the EU will support the sustainable and effective adaptation of education in the digital age.

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