Scotland: 38% more graduate with language degree

Harold Schiffman hfsclpp at
Thu Oct 4 14:19:38 UTC 2007

    38% more graduate with language degree

THE number of language graduates at Scottish universities has jumped by a
third. And official Scottish Government statistics also show that 3% of
graduates go to work overseas. The figures come as around one in 10 people
say they are learning a new language, some so they can buy a second home
abroad. There was a total of 2125 language graduates, up 38% on the previous

As well as languages, an increasing number of students are taking
architecture, education and business courses. But 34% of graduates who found
jobs in the UK work in health, social or community work. A further 47% found
work in the finance and business services sector. Just over 74,500
youngsters successfully completed a higher education course in Scotland,
more than 4600 up on the previous year. Of these, 40% gained a first degree,
37% a sub-degree qualification, and 23% a postgraduate qualification.

Architecture, 18%, education, 15%, and business, finance and administration,
12%, also saw a jump in numbers. But engineering and technology were down
10% and humanities saw a 14% drop in graduates. Six months after graduation,
57% had found permanent or temporary jobs within the UK, while a further 29%
continued in study or training. Unemployment among graduates was stable at
And 91% of graduates of Scottish origin who gained their degree north of the
border and who found permanent work, did so in Scotland. Graduates from
Scottish medical schools were the most likely to stay, with 90% staying in
Scotland, while vets were the most likely to go, with only 30% working in
Scotland. The leap in language graduates comes as it was revealed more than
one in 10 Britons say they are learning a new language, many because they
hope to relocate abroad.

8:10am Wednesday 3rd October 2007

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