Increase in demand for STEM, design and agri courses in GMIT
Date Article Written:
Monday, August 26, 2019
CAO figures show an increase in applications for Level 8 courses in GMIT this year (2019) in areas such as Science, Technology, Maths, Computing (STEM), Design, and Agri-Business and Agri-Science courses.
The School of Business has seen an increase in demand for its Accountancy programme, while the School of Engineering sees increased application numbers for programmes in Construction Management, Biomedical Engineering and the relatively new common-entry Engineering programme. The School of Science & Computing has increased demand for its popular Applied Freshwater & Marine Biology programme and the Letterfrack campus has seen increased demand for a range of its programmes including Furniture Design & Manufacture and Education (Design Graphics & Construction).
“This is an excellent achievement, and we believe it is due to the applied nature of our programmes and the increasing provision of industrial placement in our programmes”, says GMIT Registrar, Dr Seamus Lennon.
“Interest in all our programmes remains very strong and has grown in several programmes. We made more offers to Leaving Certificate students this year than last and we expect an increase in the overall number of incoming first years compared to last year. When surveyed, our students identify features such as the applied nature of our programmes and the opportunity for industrial placement as important in opting for a GMIT programme”, adds Dr Lennon.
Leaving Certificate students who meet the minimum entry requirements and did not get an offer are encouraged to review a number of GMIT programmes on the ‘Vacant Places’ section of the CAO website. This option has proved popular in previous years for many students. For more information, see www.cao.ie or https://www.gmit.ie/apply/available-places