Higher education in Yorkshire attracts over 210,000 students each year, including 34,000 from more than 150 countries.
Nearly 10% of the total number of graduates produced each year are from Yorkshire - the region has one of the highest graduate retention rates in the UK.
The spending power of students in the region is £980m, of which at least 181m is generated by international students.
In 2011/12, the region’s universities undertook £23.2m in consultancy contacts and a further £116m in contracted research.
Yorkshire’s universities deliver over 174,000 days of company trading each year, generating £33.8m.
In 2011/12, Yorkshire’s universities worked with over 3,000 companies on their research contracts.
With a total income of £2.1 billion per annum, the higher education sector ranks with banking and insurance, food and drink, hotels and catering.
The 31,250 full-time equivalent jobs in higher education are boosted by an equivalent number of jobs outside the institutions, the majority in the region.
Contract research income is £116 million - over 10 per cent of the UK total and only surpassed by London, the South East and Scotland.
The research base - valued at approximately £340m and equivalent to 40% of total regional R&D spend - offers expertise and other resources that business can access to develop products and services.

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The vital contribution that the 12 higher education institutions in Yorkshire and the Humber make to the region can be measured in many ways - economic development and growth, income generation, job creation, world leading research, innovation and knowledge exchange, business start ups, and record numbers of graduates from the UK and overseas.
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