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Formación Académica en TIC en Uruguay datos 2019

This document compiles, systematizes and evaluates information on the academic offer in Information Technology (IT) based on the "Anuario Estadístico de Educación" of the Ministry of Education and Culture of Uruguay for the year 2020.
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This report aims to observe the trends that occur in the Training and Academic Offering in Information Technology (IT) in Uruguay. To do this, it identifies, collects, selects, processes and analyzes information based on the "Statistical Yearbook of Education MEC 2019", prepared by the Research and Statistics Division of the Directorate of Education of the Ministry of Education and Culture (MEC), comparing such information interannually. IT training in 2019 is mainly expressed in the number of intakes, enrolments, and outflows in the period considered, compared to those variables in 2018. The types of offerings are classified into: Technical Education, Undergraduate University Education, and Graduate University Education. Below are some salient messages that emerge from this edition:

Global training

In 2019 the Enrollment of students at different stages of the educational process of IT training was 18,112, with 4,473 new Admissions and 1,040 Leavers. Compared to 2018, the Enrollment increased by 25%, Admissions increased by 46% and the Outflows variable increased by 16%. Among the causes that explain this growth are the higher admissions in previously existing careers, the new careers for IT training and the re-categorization of previously existing training proposals that are now considered part of the IT training universe.

Technical education in the interior

The academic offer of Technical Education in the interior of the country is considerably greater than in the other levels of training. This offer continues to be concentrated in Montevideo, with 66% of the 2019 intake. Technical education in the interior of the country is almost entirely provided by public institutions, while the private offer is concentrated almost exclusively in Montevideo. In 2019, 459 students entered technical careers in the interior while in 2018 there were 390. This significant growth of 18% is largely explained by the constant expansion of UTEC's technical offer in the territory.

Postgraduate education in the interior

For the first time ever, 10% of the admissions to graduate education in IT occurred in the interior of the country; specifically in the proposed Specialization in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence offered by UTEC in the department of Rivera.

Reducing the gender gap

There were 1,288 female entrants to all types of academic IT training provision in 2019 (76% increase on 2018). Of the total 2019 Admissions to IT training, 71% were male and 29% female. The still significant gender gap is narrowing year on year (76%/24% in 2018). In postgraduate careers, the smallest of the gaps found is observed, with 55 women entering for every 100 men.

High School students related to the IT industry

There is a "potential universe" of 14,725 high school and technology students in a position to progress to university education in IT. The proportion of students entering university education in IT (8%) is lower than the proportion of EMS students "related to the IT sector" (11%). There is a phenomenon of "leakage" between an "apparent predisposition" towards IT in upper secondary students and the proportion of those who, when entering undergraduate university education, actually choose IT careers. These difficulties in terms of "filtering" respond fundamentally to problems of availability of academic offerings in the interior of the country.


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