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UK ranked tenth in grad list

Published: Wednesday, 19 September 2007   Category: Public sector

The UK has fallen to rank tenth in the list of countries who produce the highest proportion of graduates, new research has shown.

According to the figures, compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development, the UK is now clinging on to its place in the top ten after once occupying third spot.

Despite the fact that the UK has slipped seven places the nation has still upped its numbers of graduates - but less rapidly than nations such as Poland and South Korea.

Commenting on the findings, Higher Education Minister Bill Rammell said: "The UK has one of the highest entry rates for vocational higher education and since the higher education figures in the OECD report are from 2005 we expect to see continued increases over the coming years.

He added: "I am pleased to see the figures showing the numbers of students gaining degrees in science have increased."

The figures also reveal that only 32 per cent of the UK's 15-year-olds expect to attend university.ADNFCR-1068-ID-18285997-ADNFCR

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