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Excellent work! – Number of Armagh’s university graduates trebles

THE number of Armagh citizens educated to a university level and higher has more than trebled in the last decade, Census figures have shown.

On Census Day 2011 a total of 10,267 (22.23%) of people living in the Armagh City and District Council area aged 16+ held a level 4 qualification, including Professional Diplomas, Certificates and Awards, compared to 3,674 (9.73%) in 2001.

And the number of those without any educational qualifications fell by almost a third in the same period, from 16,475 (43.64%) to 14,021 (30.35%).

Of the 46,195 people recorded as living in the area in 2011, 7,072 (15.31%) hold five or more A*-C GCSEs while 5,411 (11.71%) have passed two or more A Levels.

The figures mean that of the 26 Local Government Districts in Northern Ireland, Armagh has the twelfth largest percentage of university-educated citizens while Strabane is bottom of the class with 16.09%.

Craigavon, with a population of 72,503, has a lower percentage of university alumni than neighbours Armagh at 21.12% but has also seen a stark rise since 2001 where the figure stood at 9.31%.

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