Wednesday 7 December 2016

Engineering a future free from skills shortage

Published 22/08/2016 | 06:00

Education Minister Richard Bruton Photo: Tom Burke
Education Minister Richard Bruton Photo: Tom Burke

Congratulations to the 50,000-plus applicants who receive an offer from the CAO today. The vast bulk of them will get one of their top three choices, which shows how well they know how to use the system.

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For all the criticisms of the CAO method of selecting students for higher education, it is seen as efficient and has been described as "brutally fair". This is important in a country where too many institutions are seen to be amenable to influence from politicians or other powerful people.

Many of this year's applicants opted for courses that hold out the promise of good, well-paid jobs. There has been an increase in the numbers applying for courses in the 'Stem' area - science, technology, engineering and maths. This is not to underestimate the importance of the arts to a country that has contributed so much to world literature and culture.

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