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The meaning of よう in this sentence?

先生に相談したところ、ぜひ大学院に行くよう勧められた。

I assume that it introduces the advice, but it shouldn't be a particle or something like that?

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Its an abbreviation of ように. In Chinese characters its 様に. So its a noun. ように is like "in the manner of". よう/様 is like "manner"/"way".

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