Apr 26, 2018 at 12:00am ET By Alyssa Walker

Record numbers of graduate students at Scottish universities please many officials, as the Scottish Funding Council (SFC) reports

The BBC.com reported the SFC's recent data revealed a 21 percent increase in the number of entrants in postgraduate studies over the past decade.

According to the BBC, the SFC said that there were 292,620 students in higher education in Scotland in 2016/17, an increase of 7,170 or 2.5 percent from 2015/16. In 2016/17, higher education entrants at colleges accounted for 27.5% of all higher education entrants in Scotland.

They reported that the minister for further education, higher education, and science, Shirley-Anne Somerville, said,"It is welcome to see in these latest statistics that we have a record number of post-graduate students and increases in both part-time and older learners.

"This government is determined to make higher education as accessible as possible to everyone in Scotland. We recognize the importance of postgraduate study and providing the opportunities for people to get a higher education qualification later in life. That is why we are enabling even more people to study for a postgraduate qualification in the coming years by expanding access to tuition fee loans and living cost loans to students studying by distance learning.

"What these figures show is that the higher education sector in this country is continuing to go from strength to strength, with colleges playing a vital role in the delivery of many higher education courses across Scotland."

They also reported that John Kemp, interim chief executive of the Scottish Funding Council, said, "Scotland has a world-leading university system.

"Today's figures show Scotland continuing ability to attract postgraduate researchers and how taught postgraduate programmes are increasingly bringing advanced skills and knowledge into Scottish industry."

Your takeaway? A graduate degree in Scotland is worth it.

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Alyssa Walker is a freelance writer, educator, and nonprofit consultant. She lives in the White Mountains of New Hampshire with her family.

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