Dramatic fall in number of students entering third-level to study computing

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“There has been dramatic 8% fall in the number of students entering third-level to study computing courses. Employment prospects are good with 81% of recent Irish tech graduates now walking straight into a job, overwhelmingly in Ireland. But despite a high demand for these graduates, and some of the best starting salaries in the economy, interest in a career in this field has dropped significantly over the past five years …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 7 December]

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Computers cause low education standards

Posted in Teaching on April 10th, 2014 by steve

“Your front page and editorial (Irish Examiner, April 5) regarding lack of high-speed internet in primary schools was unnecessarily alarmist ie lack of internet in primary schools ‘could stymie a whole generation’s appetite for learning’. This is incorrect …” (more)

[John Devlin, Irish Examiner, 10 April]

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Computing graduates more likely to find jobs

Posted in Governance and administration on December 19th, 2013 by steve

“No evidence for wholesale third-level brain drain, says Higher Education Authority. A degree in computing makes you highly employable, and those with postgraduate degrees in computing are even more so …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 19 December]

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Could Steve Jobs’s Stepping Down as Apple’s CEO Affect Higher Education?

Posted in Life on August 26th, 2011 by steve

“Much is being written about whether Apple can retain its edge now that Steve Jobs, its visionary chief executive, has announced his departure from that post for health reasons. For colleges, the question is whether the company will remain as attentive to higher education …” (more)

[Jeff Young, Chronicle of Higher Education, 25 August]

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Struggle to fill courses as slump in maths takes toll

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 24th, 2011 by steve

“Engineering and computing courses have failed to attract enough qualified candidates to fill the available places following the first round of third level offers …” (more)

[Breda Heffernan, Independent, 24 August]

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Surge in demand for science and IT courses welcomed

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2011 by steve

“The availability of over 5,000 jobs in Ireland’s tech sector has contributed to a surge in demand for IT and science courses, it emerged today. However, it is understood that applications for engineering courses are flat …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 22 August]

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Science and computing score highest in CAO demands

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2011 by steve

“Third-level colleges make a record number of offers to students today after a surge in demand for places on science and computing courses. Almost 1,000 more students are getting offers than this time last year even though there has been an overall decline in applications …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 August]

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Students opting for ‘real job’ courses

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 22nd, 2011 by steve

“Third-level colleges make a record number of offers to students today after a surge in demand for places on science and computing courses. Almost 1,000 more students are getting offers than this time last year even though there has been an overall decline in applications …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 22 August]

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Too much computer time means back ache for Irish kids

Posted in Life on August 11th, 2010 by steve

“The Chiropractic Association of Ireland (CAI) is warning parents that excessive time in front of computer and television screens could mean an increase in back pain, neck and shoulder pain and headaches for their children …” (more)

[John Kennedy, Silicon Republic, 11 August]

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Scheme for IT postgraduates launched

Posted in Research on November 18th, 2009 by steve

“A new training scheme for students working towards postgraduate degrees was launched today by the Institutes of Technology Research Alliance. The ITRA has prepared a selection of programmes geared towards accredited certs and diplomas which can be undertaken alongside a student’s main graduate studies …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 18 November]

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