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Map of the Week – Education - cities and greater cities

This map shows the number of students in higher education in cities.


This week saw the organisation of the International Day of Education on 24 January. Adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations (UN) in 2018, this day highlights the role education has towards peace and development. According to the UN, about 244 million children and adolescents around the world are out of school. When it adopted the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development in September 2015, the international community recognized that education is essential for the success of all 17 of its goals. Sustainable Development Goal 4, in particular, aims to “ensure inclusive and equitable quality education and promote lifelong learning opportunities for all” by 2030. [1] The UN pointed out that this year's International Day of Education calls for continued political mobilisation around education and paving the way for commitments and global initiatives to be translated into action.

Did you know that there is a map layer on students in higher education in European cities in the European Atlas of the Seas? Data on European cities were collected to contribute towards the improvement of the quality of urban life: it supports the exchange of experience among European cities; it helps to identify best practices; it facilitates benchmarking at the European level and it provides information on the dynamics within the cities and with their surroundings. Explore the map and click on the cities to see how the number of students has evolved over the past years.

Wish to know how you can learn more about the ocean or teach about the ocean?

  • Explore the European Atlas of the Seas’ Teachers Corner which includes ready-to-use map-based exercises in English, French, and Portuguese for students of different age groups, as well as fun activities such as a Treasure Hunt and Virtual Boat Races and presentations from past Atlas workshops.
  • If you are a teacher, participate with your class in the Education for Climate Challenge “Be a scientist! Mapping climate change at seas & waterways”. Schools can become the data providers for a new map that will be published in the Atlas in the spring of 2023! Find out how you can join the challenge and submit your data by 31 March 2023!
  • Discover how the new My Maps function in the Atlas can help you create your own working space in the Atlas! Test it and provide us with your feedback by completing our online survey so that we can further improve the My Maps function and make it an easy-to-use tool for your lessons!
  • Learn about the Network of European Blue Schools!

Access the map

The data in the map are provided by Eurostat.