About automatic reports

The automatic reports constitute the basis for the Polish system of monitoring of situations of graduates of higher education institutions. ELA System contains thematic reports devoted to the various aspects of graduates activity. The main thematic areas of these reports are:

  • the job seeking proces and unemployment,
  • wages and earnings,
  • combining further studies with work,
  • geographic distribution of graduate activity.

The reports have been elaborated on the following three levels of analysis:

  • degree/study programme,
  • higher education institution,
  • Poland.

The reports contain simple and easy-to-understand indicators accompanied by comments on data interpretation and its limitations. The reports enable their users to learn the most important indicators which characterize economic aspects of graduate activity.

The indicators are meant to disseminate clear information on the situation of graduates of different study programmes on the labour market among the general public opinion and, in particular, among representatives of higher education institutions, graduates, students, and prospective students.

The mode of result presentation allows for the comparison of the outcomes across different study programmes and higher education institutions. It is possible thanks to the system’s automatic generation of reports based on uniform templates.

The research covers the graduates from the years 2014, 2015 and 2016. The reports were elaborated separately for each year.

About ELA

Monitoring system of professional careers of graduates


Studying the professional fate of university graduates is recognized as a priority in improving the quality of education and adapting the educational offer to the requirements of the modern labour market. The use of administrative data to research educational and professional processes is a proven and successful practice in many European countries among others Scandinavian countries, Spain, Austria, Lithuania and Hungary.

In Poland, the Ministry of Science and Higher Education implements a system for monitoring the professional fate of graduates of higher education institutions. The Polish system is a novel solution in Europe, which is highly appreciated by European researchers. The main source of system information is administrative data from reliable sources - the Social Insurance Institution system and the POL-on system, which is an information system on higher education supporting the work of the Ministry of Science and Higher Education.

ELA is developed by National Information Processing Institute for the Ministry of Science and Higher Education

Why is the study safe and reliable?


The applied procedures provided in the law governing the monitoring of graduates' fate on the basis of administrative data of ZUS and POL-on guarantee the full anonymity of the subjects covered by the study. There is no personal data in the analysed dataset, and graduates are distinguished on the basis of a random number that does not identify individuals.

Because of the lack of necessity for contact with graduates to conduct the research, monitoring does not violate the privacy of the respondents. Based on the information, reliable indicators of success in the labour market have been constructed to compare the situation of graduates of different majors in different periods of study. This has not been possible in the situation of researching the fate of graduates with the use of opinion surveys.

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