Further and Higher Education Statistics

The Malta Further and Higher Education Authority (MFHEA) has constantly nurtured and developed the research function of the Authority, previously in its role of National Commission for Further and Higher Education and now as the MFHEA. This function, established by the Education Act and by Act II of 2020, is an essential part of the functions of the unit and covers all further and higher education students and graduates in each academic year.

Collecting further and higher education statistics is essential if we are to have a factual image of the situation at a national and international level.  This data helps us keep track of all developments and movements within this sector, giving an objective and verifiable picture of progress and changes while identifying possible areas for improvement.

The annual compilation of further and higher education statistics, undertaken in collaboration with the National Statistics Office, is based on data collected from licensed education providers and is shared in its entirety in anonymised format. This is done to safeguard the confidentiality of respondents as stipulated in the Malta Statistics Authority Act (XXIV of 2001).

The bi-annual collection of data affords a factually correct and comprehensive picture of the state of further and higher education locally. This, in turn, provides a systematic foundation for evidence-based national policy recommendations also contributing at a European level. Additionally, several other projects and surveys on the socio-economic situation and mobility of students and graduates in further and higher education, help policy makers monitor and compare study, working and living conditions, market integration and skills development across Europe in different European countries.

Local statistics are anonymised and submitted bi-annually according to the conditions imposed on licensed further and higher education providers which obliges an annual submission of annual student/graduate headcount data to the MFHEA. This ensures comprehensiveness and wide-ranging data in our reports.

Note: The MQC and NCHE have merged to form the NCFHE from 2012 – 2020. The MFHEA was launched in January 2021. 

Eurostudent Surveys

​The EUROSTUDENT project aims to collect information on the social dimension of the European higher education and then compare it across all participating countries.  Every three years, a survey is distributed to a​ll higher education students from around 30 countries to get their data and opinions on their socio-economic backgrounds, their living conditions and their mobility during their studies.​​

The seventh round of EUROSTUDENT began in June 2018 and will be completed in August 2021.  Malta is participating in EUROSTUDENT through the NCFHE for the fourth time and has started preparing for its participation for the next round, EUROSTUDENT VIII – 2021-2024.

For more information about this project visit​. ​
For more information about this survey kindly contact Ms Madonna Maroun​.



The EUROGRADUATE survey is a pilot study comparing working and living conditions of higher education graduates in different European countries. Initiated by the European Commission it helped policy makers monitor labour market integration, skills development and social inequality across Europe.

The EUROGRADUATE pilot study was conducted in 8 countries, namely Austria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Germany, Greece, Lithuania, Malta and Norway.


Graduates from the University of Malta and the Malta College of Arts, Science and Technology, who completed their studies in 2012/2013 or 2016/2017, were invited to participate. They were contacted directly by their former education institutions with a personal login code to the survey.

By participating in the survey graduates shared their experience and helped shape the way forward in higher education policies and practices throughout Europe.

Where are the results available?

The comparative report is available on​.


EUROGRADUATE is co-funded by the Erasmus+ program of the European Union. The study is carried out by a consortium of six European research institutes with substantial expertise in policy analysis and surveys. Data collection is carried out by DESAN, an independent research company located in Amsterdam.

The survey is implemented in Malta by the National Commission for Further and Higher Education.


All answers provided in the survey are treated anonymously and in full compliance with the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and the EU regulation 45/2001, which governs the data protection by EU institutions as explained in the privacy statement:

The University of Malta or MCAST provided us with information on the programme respondents completed during 2012/2013 or 2016/2017. Besides that, University of Malta or MCAST acted only  as an intermediary to send the survey invitation and did not have access to the responses of graduates.


For more information on the project, please visit: or send an e-mail to: