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Four in five students become graduates

Published: Friday, 27 July 2007   Category: Public sector

Around four-fifths of university students successfully complete their course and graduate, according research.

The figures, form the National Audit Office (NAO), show that 28,000 full time and 87,000 part-time undergraduates failed to start the second year of their course in 2004/2005 entry.

The rates vary between institutions, St George's Hospital Medical School managed to retain 98.8 per cent of their full time undergraduates but the University of Bolton held onto 81.6 per cent of theirs.

Sir John Bourn, head of the NAO, said: "Compared to most other countries, a high proportion of students in higher education are successfully completing their courses."

He added: "Variations in retention rates between higher education institutions indicate that retention could be increased further, bringing major benefits to the extra students who would complete their studies."

The percentage of youngsters going on to higher education has risen from 39 per cent to 43 per cent since 2001.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18226220-ADNFCR

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