Institutes enjoy big CAO boost

“Institutes of Technology have seen a welcome boost in CAO applications this year, new figures show. Demand for ordinary degrees and diplomas (Level 7/6) has increased for the first time in 10 years – and the 13 institutes are the main beneficiaries …

“Meanwhile, duplication of small and expensive courses in the universities will end, Taoiseach Brian Cowen has been promised. The seven universities are setting up a taskforce to explore the streamlining of university programmes. As well as ending duplication, the taskforce will look at more specialisation within existing universities …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 March]

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