There were 132,509 people on full-time higher education courses in Scotland in 1993–94 and 68,322 in 1978–79. The age participation index for the earliest available year, 1980–81, was 17.3 per cent. compared with 38.3 per cent. in 1993–94. These figures show the extent to which the Government have increased overall numbers of students, and participation, in higher education in Scotland.