Universities in the UK have expanded dramatically during the last decade, but the increase has been achieved without a high drop-out rate.
Figures covering 29 countries compiled by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development show that the UK comes fourth in the league of those completing degrees, just behind Australia, the US and Canada.
Around a third of young Britons now attend university, and the figure has doubled in a decade.
The picture is less rosy for those who leave school at 16 than for university students. Three-quarters of young people are still in education at the age of 17, a big improvement on a decade ago, but still well behind countries such as France, Finland and Sweden where the figure is 90 per cent or more.Reuse content