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Catalonia, the European territory that invests the least in education

According to date from the General Workers’ Union, Catalonia invested only 3.6% of its GDP to education in 2007, putting the territory behind less developed countries such as Romania and Bulgaria. Also, the number of Catalan students dropping out of university is double than the EU average.

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23 August 2010 09:51 PM

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Barcelona (ACN).- In 2007, Catalonia invested 3.6% of its GDP in education, an amount inferior to less developed countries such as Romania and Bulgaria. In 2004, Catalonia invested 2.14% of its GDP in non-university education, a percentage below those of Greece and Cyprus. This data comes from the General Workers\u2019 Union (UGT), which is now demanding that the Catalan Government make education a priority and set aside at least 6% of its GDP for education following the Catalan Law of Education approved in 2009.


The 2010-2011 school year has been one of controversy because of the lack of places for students in universities. According to data from the UGT, this year there has been a 5% cut in university teaching positions and a 20% cut in staff positions. In addition, the number of Catalan students dropping out of university is double than the EU average with 28.2%.

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  • An empty classroom during summer holidays

  • An empty classroom during summer holidays