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16 September 2014, 06:00
Durham's been named among the best universities in the world, in the latest World University Rankings.
Durham was ranked 25th globally for employer reputation with regard to the quality of, and international demand for, its graduates following a survey of 27,900 blue-chip employers world-wide.
In the latest figures for 2012-13, 87% of Durham graduates secured employment or went on to further study within six months of graduating.
The average starting salary for a Durham graduate is £22,000, which is £2,000 above the national average.
Overall Durham was ranked 92nd in the league table, maintaining its World Top 100 status.
Durham University's Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Education, Professor Tom Ward, told Capital:
"Once again the latest rankings demonstrate the strength of the innovative research-led education that our departments provide for students, combined with a unique student experience in our College system that enables students to lead their own extra-curricular activities in sports, the arts, volunteering and outreach.
This allows students to develop the key skills valued by top employers, such as leadership, critical thinking and entrepreneurship, alongside their academic learning with some of the world's finest researchers across arts and humanities, the sciences and social sciences.
"It is this experience that makes our graduates among the most sought after in the world."