Statistical report for students who completed studies at tertiary education institutions

Period: Annual
Year: 2021

01. Contact
02. Metadata update
03. Statistical presentation
04. Unit of measure
05. Reference Period
06. Institutional Mandate
07. Confidentiality
08. Release policy
09. Frequency of dissemination
10. Accessibility and clarity
11. Quality management
12. Relevance
13. Accuracy and reliability
14. Timeliness and punctuality
15. Coherence and comparability
16. Cost and Burden
17. Data revision
18. Statistical processing
19. Comment

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01. ContactTop
01.1. Contact organisation

Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia



01.2. Contact organisation unit

Sector of Social Statistics

Department of Statistics of Education, Science and Culture


01.3. Contact name

Milica Gardović

01.4. Contact person function

Statistician - researcher



01.5. Contact mail address

Belgrade, 11050 Milana Rakića 5, Serbia

01.6. Contact email address

01.7. Contact phone number

+381 11 2410414

01.8. Contact fax number


02. Metadata updateTop
02.1. Metadata last certified
02.2. Metadata last posted
02.3. Metadata last update

03. Statistical presentationTop
03.1. Data description

The data is collected on the basis of the survey: "Statistical report for students who completed studies at higher education institutions (ŠV-50).", which is conducted on the basis of the Law on Official Statistics ("Official Gazette of the Republic of Serbia" No. 104/2009).

Reporting units for tertiary education surveys are all higher education institutions – universities, faculties, art academies and higher schools whatever the ownership is.




03.2. Classification system
  • ISCED - International Standard Classification of Education
03.3. Coverage - sector

Higher education sector.

03.4. Statistical concepts and definitions

Higher education institutions where students complete their studies are educational institutions in which the teaching and learning process is carried out, with the aim of preparing and training specialists in the relevant fields, according to specially prescribed curricula.

The activity of tertiary education is performed by the following higher education institutions: university, faculty, i.e. art academy within a university; academy of applied studies; higher school and higher school of applied studies.

03.5. Statistical unit
University, faculty, academy, academy of applied studies, higher school of applied studies are independent higher education institutions. Faculty, i.e. art academy is a higher education institution in the scope of a university that provides academic study programmes and develops R&D, specialist, i.e. art works in one or more fields. Faculty, i.e. art academy can also realize applied study programmes.
Data are collected on the type and degree of study, as well as on accredited study programs in which students complete their studies.
Data on the student are collected by various characteristics such as gender, age, year of completion of high school, plae of residence, nationality, method of financing studies, student mobility, etc.


03.6. Statistical population
Higher education activities are realized through academic and professional studies based on approved, or accredited study programs for acquiring higher education.
Academic studies involve academic study programmes that enable students to develop and apply scientific, specialist and art achievements.
Applied studies involve applied study programmes that enable students to apply knowledge and skills necessary to become included in work process.

First cycle of studies are undergraduate academic studies, undergraduate applied studies and specialized applied studies.

Second cycle of studies are master academic studies, master applied studies and specialist academic studies. Due to international comparability, for the purposes of statistics, intregrated academic studies are presented in the second cycle of studies.

Integrated studies of academic study programmes are organized as integrated in the scope of undergraduate and master academic studies leading to 360 ECTS credits after completion.
Third cycle of studies are doctoral academic studies.


03.7. Reference area

Republic of Serbia (without data for Kosovo and Metohija).




03.8. Coverage - Time

Graduates are monitored in a calendar year.

03.9. Base period

Not applicable.

04. Unit of measureTop
04. Unit of measure

Number of students who have completed their studies, number of higher education institutions.

05. Reference PeriodTop
05. Reference Period

Data refer to the last calendar year.

06. Institutional MandateTop
06.1. Institutional Mandate - legal acts and other agreements

National legislation


The Official Statistics Law („Official Gazette of the RS“, No. 104/09) specifies the legal framework for the production and dissemination of official statistics and also for the organization of the system of official statistics of the Republic of Serbia. Nevertheless, the Official Statistics Law, together with the five-year Statistical Programme over the period 2021 – 2025 and the annual implementation plans, provides the Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia (SORS) with a clear and broad legal mandate to collect and access the data needed for the execution of the Statistical Programme and the Implementation Plan.

In addition, pursuant to Article 18, paragraph 2 of the Law on Official Statistics (“Official Gazette of the RS”, No 104/09) and Article 42, paragraph 1 of the Law on Government Administration (“Official Gazette of the RS” No 55/05, 71/05‐corrigendum, 101/07, 65/08, 16/11, 68/12 - decision of the Constitutional Court, 72/12, 7/14 - decision of the Constitutional Court, 44/14 and 30/18 - other law), the Government adopts every year a regulation that defines the plan for official statistics.


06.2. Institutional Mandate - data sharing
The Statistical Office of the Republic of Serbia has an agreement on cooperation with a large number of organizations and institutions, both nationally and internationally, with which it exchanges information, data and experiences.
There is also intensive cooperation between different organizational units within the Institute itself.


07. Confidentiality Top
07.1. Confidentiality - policy

Pursuant to Article 46 of the Law on Official Statistics (“Official Gazette of RS”, number 104/09), Articles 7 and 35 of the Law on Government Administration (“Official Gazette of RS ”, No 79/05, 101/07, 95/10, 99/14, 47/18 и 30/18 - other law) and Articles 9, 15, 16  and 18 of the Law on Free Access to Information of Public Interest (“Official Gazette of RS”, No120/04, 54 /07 104/09, 36/10  and 105/21), Director of the SORS hereby adopt Rulebook on statistical data protection in the statistical office of the Republic of Serbia. The Rulebook lays down the measures to be implemented so as to protect data and information in the SORS.

In addition, Regulation (EC) No 223/2009 on European statistics (recital 24 and Article 20(4)) of 11 March 2009 (OJ L 87, p. 164), stipulates the need to establish common principles and guidelines ensuring the confidentiality of data used for the production of European statistics and the access to those confidential data with due account for technical developments and the requirements of users in a democratic society.

07.2. Confidentiality - data treatment

The protection of secret data and documents shall be done in accordance with the Law on Data Secrecy. Confidential data from Article 3 of the Rulebook are considered official secret and cannot be published or communicated, that is, they cannot be part of aggregated data from which individual data can be identified. Individual data can be given only to the owner of those data. Only the employees of the Office authorized by decision of the Director of the Office shall have access to confidential data from administrative sources.

Also, if SORS transmits data with a confidentiality flag or an embargo date, these data are not disseminated until the confidentiality flag is lifted in a subsequent data transmission or the embargo expired.




08. Release policyTop
08.1. Release calendar

This indicator is available at the end of June in the Statistical Release on the website of the SORS.      



08.2. Release calendar access

External users can find the exact date of publication in the calendar located on the Institute's website.



08.3. Release policy - user access

External users can find information in the Special publication on the Institute's website.

In line with the Community legal framework and the European Statistics Code of Practice Eurostat disseminates European statistics on Eurostat's website respecting professional independence and in an objective, professional and transparent manner in which all users are treated equitably. The detailed arrangements are governed by the Eurostat protocol on impartial access to Eurostat data for users

09. Frequency of disseminationTop
09. Frequency of dissemination




10. Accessibility and clarityTop
10.1. Dissemination format - News release

Not applicable.

10.2. Dissemination format - Publications

Special publication "Higher Education"





10.3. Dissemination format - online database

Database on SORS and Eurostat website.



10.4. Dissemination format - microdata access

Available at the request of international organizations, researchers, etc. The request must be sent to the dissemination group (to the official email address: ) which will start the process of creating a cooperation agreement after receiving the approval of the top management.



10.5. Dissemination format - other

Not applicable.

10.6. Documentation on methodology

Abbreviated methodology on the web site of the SORS





10.7. Quality management - documentation

The ESS Metadata Handler.

11. Quality managementTop
11.1. Quality assurance

Quality is provided by strict implementation of definitions and conceptual frameworks of European Statistics and through validation of data. Major deviations and inconsistencies were not observed.


11.2. Quality management - assessment

Data is collected from reliable sources applying standards with regard to the OECD methodology and ensuring a high degree of comparability across countries.


12. Relevance Top
12.1. User needs

The main beneficiary is the Ministry of Education, Science and Technological development as well as other ministries.

Also, beneficiaries are international institutions and researchers, students and all who are doing analysis in the field of higher education.

12.2. User satisfaction

Not applicable.

12.3. Completeness

Annual reports on students who have completed studies at higher education institutions provide a complete and consistent presentation of graduates in the Republic of Serbia, in accordance with the Eurostat requirements.

13. Accuracy and reliabilityTop
13.1. Overall accuracy


13.2. Sampling error

Not applicable.

13.3. Non-sampling error

Not applicable.

14. Timeliness and punctualityTop
14.1. Timeliness

According to Transmission Programme data should be transmitted to Eurostat within 6 months after the end of the reference year, as previous data (t+6), and t+12 month, as final data.




14.2. Punctuality

The SORS shall submit the data within the prescribed time limit.



15. Coherence and comparabilityTop
15.1. Comparability - geographical

Comparability is ensured by applying common definitions and methodological frameworks based on international methodologies and standards.

15.2. Comparability - over time

The data have been available since 2007 and the comparison is feasible because there is no deviation from the proposed international methodology.

15.3. Coherence - cross domain

Not applicable.

15.4. Coherence - internal

Not applicable.

16. Cost and BurdenTop
16. Cost and Burden

Not applicable.

17. Data revisionTop
17.1. Data revision - policy

The general audit policy as an official document is available on the RZS intranet site. Revised data is available in the RZS database as soon as their validation is performed.

17.2. Data revision - practice

Published data are considered final, unless otherwise stated. Corrections and revisions are possible.

Significant methodological changes are announced and users can be informed about them on the SORS website.

18. Statistical processingTop
18.1. Source data

Data source is the Statistical Questionnaire on students who have completed their studies at higher education institutions.

18.2. Frequency of data collection

Data are collected annually.

18.3. Data collection

The questionnaires are sent to the reporting units at the end of December of the current year (n) for the reference year (n-1).

18.4. Data validation

Data on students who have completed their studies at higher education institutions are checked to ensure their accuracy and completeness. Control is done internally, by the SORS and externally, by Eurostat.

18.5. Data compilation

Not applicable.

18.6. Adjustment

Not applicable.

19. CommentTop
19. Comment

Not applicable.