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Graduate shortfall on way
Thursday, 20 March 2008
Graduate Job sector Reports
The number of school-leavers is expected to plummet over the coming decade, which could leave some 70,000 university places unfilled and employers struggling to fill their vacancies.
A new report by Universities UK has claimed that universities will have to become increasingly competitive, and encourage more mature students and students from outside the EU as a dip in birthrates results in less student numbers.
According to Universities UK, the number of 18 to 20-year-olds will drop between now and 2019, resulting in up to 70,000 vacant student placements.
However, it is thought that this trend should be reversed by 2027, when a 2.1 per cent increase in student numbers compared to 2006 has been forecast
It is not just British universities that are going to see a substantial change in student numbers, with figures across the EU expected to fall by up to 40 per cent in some countries, according to the report.
Universities UK represents nearly all university vice-chancellors.