Durham University graduates are world class

better by degree: Professor Chris Higgins
better by degree: Professor Chris Higgins
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DURHAM University graduates are among the most sought-after in the world.

A poll of international leading employers ranked the university 15th in terms of its reputation for producing excellent employees.

This is a leap of nine places from 24th position last year.

The survey of 17,000 businesses across the world ranked the quality and demand for Durham’s graduates ahead of other leading institutions in the UK, North America and East Asia.

In the QS World University League Rankings, Durham also retained its standing in the top 100 universities in the world.

Durham University says employability, leadership, social responsibility and developing a broad range of skills is at the core of the student experience and is one of the four key themes within the university’s education strategy, aiming to provide students with a wide range of outstanding opportunities for personal development.

Earlier this year Durham launched its new Careers, Employability and Enterprise Centre, CEEC, to further improve career and start-up business advice services for students and graduates, through working with employers and charities, to identify entrepreneurial and other work-orientated skills that help students’ employability.

Professor Chris Higgins, Durham University vice-chancellor, said: “Durham is now recognised internationally as being one of the world’s top 100 universities, building on our continued strong performance in the UK league tables where we have established our position in the UK’s top five across the various rankings.

“We offer students a distinctive education via our colleges and academic departments, which allows our students to gain a world-class education while also developing crucial skills for the future such as leadership, critical thinking and entrepreneurship.

“This is supported by work across the university and with external partners, which is enhancing the employability of our students by providing professional advice together with opportunities and links with leading employers.

“This all-round experience has once again been reflected in the reputation of our graduates among leading employers who clearly value the benefits of a Durham education.

“This is why our graduates are among the most sought after in the UK and across the world.”

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STUDENTS from across the country will debate the issue of fund-raising in light of the looming £9,000 tuition fees.

The National RAG, Raising and Giving, Conference will be held at Durham University throughout this week and one of the main topics will be the impact high fees will have on volunteering and fund-raising.

The conference will bring together students and experts from all over the UK to discuss how university fund-raising groups will adapt to the fees.

For more information contact Archie Dallas on telephone 0191 3341986 or email duck.charities@durham.ac.uk