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How are students distributed among the knowledge areas?

Private and public institutions have different proportions of students taking courses in the nine knowledge areas, as seen below. Nevertheless, the majority of the students in both types of institutions are concentrated in human sciences, applied social sciences, health sciences, and engineering.

Total Enrollment by Knowledge Area
in Private Higher Education Institutions

Total Enrollment by Knowledge Area
in Public Higher Education Institutions

In which shifts are students taking classes?

The distribution of students in private and public institutions by shift is very different. For example, it is much more common to see full-time students in public institutions than in private ones.

Total Enrollment per Turn on Each Knowledge Area
in Private Higher Education Institutions

Total Enrollment per Turn on Each Knowledge Area
in Public Higher Education Institutions

What’s the average age of the students in each knowledge area?

The average age of the students in both private and public institutions are quite similar. However, as it is possible to see below, the average age is slightly higher in private institutions. There are also some interesting outliers like the Educational Administration course in private institutions, with an astonishing average age of 50 years.

Average age of students by knowledge area
in Private Higher Education Institutions

Average age of students by knowledge area
in Public Higher Education Institutions

How has enrollment changed over the last years?

The number of students enrolled in both private and public institutions has grown between 2009 and 2013. It is evident that private institutions have greater enrollment than public ones, for there are much more private institutions in the country. However, the most distinguishing fact we can draw from the graphs is that while public institutions have about 300 thousands enrollments in the Applied Social Sciences area, private ones have circa 2.5 million enrollments in the same area. In both private and public institutions there was some growth by the year 2010 in the Applied Social Sciences and Human Sciences areas.

Total enrollment between the years 2009 to 2013 by knowledge area
in Private Higher Education Institutions

Total enrollment between the years 2009 to 2013 by knowledge area
in Public Higher Education Institutions

How has the number of entrants and graduates in private and public
institutions changed over the last years?

It is once more possible to notice the growth that happened in the recent years. But, if you compare the number of entrants and graduates, you can see a big gap, specially in the Applied Social Sciences area in private institutions, with over a million entrants against almost 400 thousands graduates in 2013. This gap can be observed in other areas in both private and public institutions. It is also possible to notice that while the number of entrants has grown over the years, the number of graduates remained almost the same for all areas.

Students entering and graduating from the years 2009 to 2013
in Private Higher Education Institutions

Students entering and graduating from the years 2009 to 2013
in Public Higher Education Institutions

About

This project was developed by Francisco Valerio, Tatiane Guimaraes, Pricila Rodrigues, Erica de Oliveira and Marcos Alves for the Information Visualization course offered by the Department Of Computer Science from Universidade Federal de Minas Gerais (Brazil).