Lifelong learning participation rate

The lifelong learning participation rate in 2020 was 40.0%, which resulted in a 1.7%p decline compared to last year.

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Since 2017, older adults aged 65-79 have been included in the subject of the survey.

It turned out that more women (40.3%) than men (39.7%) engaged in lifelong learning. The gender gap is gradually decreasing over time.

Gender gap: 2017 (4.0%p) – 2018 (3.4%p) – 2019 (1.8%p) – 2020 (0.6%p)

By age group, the participation rate of adults aged between 25 and 34 years (50.2%) was higher than that of adults aged between 65 and 79 years (29.5%). By income bracket, the participation rate of high earners (average monthly household income: more than 5 million won) was 15.7%p higher than that of low earners (average monthly household income: less than 1.5 million won), which accounted for 45.4% and 29.7%, respectively. The participation rate of the vulnerable reached 27.4%, which was 12.6%p lower than the overall lifelong learning participation rate, which was 40.0%.

Based on the average monthly household income divided by the total number of family members, the vulnerable is defined as households with incomes below 50% of median income.

Discouraging factors

Nearly 30% of the respondents replied that they were unable to become a lifelong learner—despite their desires. The biggest reason (54.2%) was ‘lack of time due to a busy work schedule.’

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2020 lifelong learning survey overview

(Unit: total, person, %)

Category Number of
institutions
Number of
programs
Number of
learners
Number of instructors Number of
administrators
Number of
licensed lifelong
educators
Licensed lifelong
educator
placement rate
Total Less than
1 month
More than
1 month
Total Less than
1 year
More than
1 year
Total 4,541 281,420 86,648 194,772 24,397,282 73,829 20,076 53,753 20,688 5,665 78.9
Attached to school Attached to
elementary and
middle schools
8 38 1 37 824 25 7 18 21 7 75.0
Attached to
college
(graduate school);
Subtotal
414 27,622 1,106 26,516 817,357 11,219 3,298 7,921 2,074 656 80.4
Subtotal 422 27,660 1,107 26,553 818,181 11,244 3,305 7,939 2,095 663 80.4
Remote type 1,048 106,037 15,282 90,755 20,117,127 15,154 3,864 11,290 6,468 1,313 76.8
Attached to
company
Attached to
retail
376 86,454 53,447 33,007 1,134,057 19,958 3,354 16,604 1,595 477 97.9
Attached to
companies
37 1,204 334 870 69,920 485 56 429 200 43 89.2
Subtotal 413 87,658 53,781 33,877 1,203,977 20,443 3,410 17,033 1,795 520 97.1
Attached to civic association 474 3,990 984 3,006 200,491 3,068 659 2,409 1,354 490 74.1
Attached to
media organization
1,098 6,814 1,170 5,644 295,938 5,092 2,445 2,647 3,151 934 74.3
Knowledge and human
resources development type
594 10,172 2,632 8,080 595,274 5,825 1,718 4,107 2,678 658 76.8
Municipal lifelong
learning promotion institute
17 2,248 1,253 995 46,792 618 254 364 290 176 100.0
Lifelong learning center 475 36,301 10,439 25,862 1,119,502 12,385 4,421 7,964 2,857 911 83.6

Note: Licensed lifelong placement rate = Number of institutions that have not hired licensed lifelong educator / Total number of lifelong education institutions x 100

Program by target / topic

Program and learner by lecture method

Program distribution by lecture method; Learner distribution by lecture method

Lifelong learning by region

Lifelong learning by year

(Unit: total, person, %)

Year Number of
institutions
Number of programs Number of
passers
Number of
instructors
Number of
administrators
Number of
licensed
lifelong
educators
per
institution
Licensed
lifelong
educator
placement
rate
Total Less than
1 month
More than
1 month
2020 4,541 281,420 86,648 194,772 24,397,282 73,829 20,688 1.25 78.9
2019 4,295 244,421 60,207 184,214 16,348,842 75,492 19,772 1.26 79.6
2018 4,169 216,980 53,349 163,631 16,344,658 72,783 20,228 1.29 79.8
2017 4,032 214,413 50,253 164,160 11,897,236 71,723 19,778 1.23 78.1
2016 4,153 212,339 50,551 161,788 11,336,564 73,204 19,842 1.15 76.4
2015 4,144 211,193 54,528 156,665 11,982,654 70,835 18,833 1.11 75.4
2014 4,342 205,546 48,856 156,690 12,919,836 72,477 19,586 1.03 72.5
2013 3,965 180,843 46,999 133,844 18,260,301 72,954 18,376 0.99 69.7
2012 3,768 178,971 49,528 129,443 17,618,495 71,676 17,888 0.93 66.6
2011 3,591 182,844 40,068 142,776 28,920,780 69,016 16,746 0.88 63.0
2010 3,213 160,249 33,743 126,506 27,026,042 64,605 15,491 0.78 57.9
Number of lifelong education institutions by year
Number of programs and learners by year
Number of instructors by year
Number of licensed lifelong educators by year, Licensed lifelong educator placement rate by year