Pakistan - Expenditure on tertiary education (% of government expenditure on education)

Expenditure on tertiary education (% of government expenditure on education) in Pakistan was 22.11 as of 2017. Its highest value over the past 46 years was 32.23 in 2013, while its lowest value was 11.88 in 1997.

Definition: Expenditure on tertiary education is expressed as a percentage of total general government expenditure on education. General government usually refers to local, regional and central governments.

Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics (

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Year Value
1971 18.27
1972 16.46
1973 18.18
1974 24.27
1975 17.86
1976 18.85
1977 18.41
1978 17.36
1979 19.27
1980 20.89
1981 17.58
1982 19.71
1983 20.21
1984 20.47
1985 19.27
1986 18.18
1987 20.09
1989 15.73
1990 16.46
1991 17.64
1992 14.70
1993 15.94
1994 14.53
1995 13.86
1996 13.43
1997 11.88
2013 32.23
2014 22.32
2015 22.79
2016 22.20
2017 22.11

Development Relevance: The share of government expenditure for a specific education level allows an assessment of the priority a government assigns to a level of education relative to other levels. Enrolment and the relative costs per student between different levels of education should be also taken into account.

Limitations and Exceptions: Data disaggregated by level of education are estimates in some instances. It is often difficult to separate lower from upper secondary education expenditure, or pre-primary from primary.

Other Notes: Data retrieved via API in March 2019. For detailed information on the observation level (e.g. National Estimation, UIS Estimation, or Category not applicable), please visit UIS.Stat (

Statistical Concept and Methodology: The share of expenditure on tertiary education to total government expenditure on education is calculated by dividing government expenditure on tertiary education by total government expenditure on education (all levels combined), and multiplying by 100. Aggregate data are based on World Bank estimates. Data on education are collected by the UNESCO Institute for Statistics from official responses to its annual education survey. All the data are mapped to the International Standard Classification of Education (ISCED) to ensure the comparability of education programs at the international level. The current version was formally adopted by UNESCO Member States in 2011. The reference years reflect the school year for which the data are presented. In some countries the school year spans two calendar years (for example, from September 2010 to June 2011); in these cases the reference year refers to the year in which the school year ended (2011 in the example).

Aggregation method: Median

Periodicity: Annual


Topic: Education Indicators

Sub-Topic: Inputs