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Brain drain as top graduates go abroad

Close to 5,200 university leavers sought employment in the the Far East, North America and mainland Europe last year, according to reports.

That figure is up by 1,000 since the beginning of the economic crisis.

Almost one-in-10 British graduates from institutions such as Durham, Exeter, Cambridge and Oxford who found jobs in 2011 were working overseas.

Among British students from St Andrews he rate jumped to 12 per cent.