The United Nations, Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development and Eurostat - UOE, data collection on education and training, annually gathers statistics on formal education. The topics covered include: Student enrolments, New entrants, Classes, Graduates (education attainment) and Languages.
Information on Education finance and Personnel is also covered in the UOE.
Data is submitted to Eurostat two years following the start of the reference academic year usually in the month of September. For example data for academic year 2012/2013 will be submitted to Eurostat in September 2014.
Information is collected from all economic sectors (i.e. state, state assisted and independent institutions).
Data is processed, validated and imputations are carried out as necessary. Prior to the actually data transmission.
Lastly a quality report detailing the methods used is sent to Eurostat the following January.