PRONicaragua annually develops the Study of the University Population of Nicaragua to analyze the student population in the different universities nationwide, based on the importance of the quality of human resources for potential investors.

To carry out the 2020 edition, the 58 higher education institutions that are recognized by the National Council of Universities (CNU) were invited to participate; of these, 23 submitted their information, which represents 39.6 percent of national coverage for this study.

The study compiles statistical data for the 2020 school year, where it was identified that the university population is made up of 118,402 enrolled students; 10,568 graduate students (who finished the study program but have not completed the graduation requirements and do not have a university degree); and 11,021 bachelor students.

Of this total, 56 percent are women, and 44 percent are men. In general, in all study areas, women predominate, except for Engineering and Architecture, and Agriculture, where men predominate.

According to the study, at the undergraduate level, the 10 most popular careers in Nicaragua are the following:
1.    Business Administration
2.    Accounting
3.    Medicine
4.    Nursing
5.    English
6.    Systems Engineering
7.    Civil Engineering
8.    Marketing and Advertising
9.    Industrial Engineering
10.    Law

Geographically, Managua, the capital of Nicaragua, concentrates the largest number of students, and its main study area is Engineering and Architecture. In second and third place are León and Matagalpa with Economy and Business as the main study area.

Regarding postgraduate studies, 75 percent of the students are in Managua, and they study mainly master’s degrees. The most studied postgraduate degree is the Master of Business Administration, followed by the Master of Management and Quality of Education, and the Master of Finance.

At the Higher Technician level, the main career is Nursing, with around 50 percent of the total number of students. At this level of education, most of the students enrolled are women, however, the students who manage to graduate are mostly men. At the departmental level, León has the largest number of students in Higher Technician, followed by Jinotega and Chinandega.

The study concludes that in 2020, 21,589 new professionals joined the labor market, corresponding to the sum of graduates and bachelors that represent the total number of students who finished their studies in that year. Among these, women represent 59 percent and men 41 percent, and are skilled in the areas of Economics and Business, followed by Educational Sciences, and Medical Sciences.

The information contained and interpreted in this study is a compilation and analysis exercise carried out by PRONicaragua as part of its mission and does not in any way constitute an official position of the governing bodies of the Nicaraguan educational system.

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