According to new figures published by the Department for the Economy (DfE), over a third of students in Northern Ireland begin their degrees elsewhere in the UK.
The statistics show that of the 14,035 students who started college in 2016-17, 65.5 percent stayed in Northern Ireland.
According to the BBC, about half of 18-year olds in Northern Ireland enter higher education. The past ten years have seen a 4 percent uptick in the number of students from Northern Ireland studying elsewhere. Northern Ireland also has the largest proportion of state-educated university entrants, and Northern Ireland is home to three of the four universities in the UK where all new students in the 2016/17 intake had graduated from state-funded schools.
According to data published by the Higher Education Statistics Agency (Hesa), 99.2 percent of the entrants at Northern Irish universities had graduated from state-funded schools, compared to 92.1 percent in Wales, 90 percent in England and 86.5 percent in Scotland. Hesa noted that all schools in Northern Ireland are classified as state-funded, even those that charge tuition fees because every school in Northern Ireland receives some state funding.
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