Universities excel in maths, engineering
TRINITY College Dublin (TCD) has been ranked 15th in maths in a new global survey that highlights the strengths of Irish universities in maths and in electrical engineering,
The new international league table rated the world's top 600 universities across 26 different individual subject areas.
While the best place achieved by an Irish college was TCD, five Irish universities featured in the top 200 for electrical engineering, the discipline which allowed the most Irish institutions to shine.
The five are TCD, University College Dublin (UCD), University College Cork (UCC), NUI Galway and Dublin Institute of Technology (DIT).
Employers last night welcomed the survey, with company bosses saying the findings provide a further boost to hopes of a strong economic recovery -- if enough students study those subjects.
While other surveys show that, internationally, Irish 15-year-olds have average ratings in maths, the latest findings sound an optimistic note about the potential offered by the Irish education system.
Engineers Ireland director general John Power described the findings as very positive.
"There has been a lot of not so positive news, so it is great to get this. What is even better is that there are plenty of jobs available for people in these areas in Ireland."
Mr Power added employers were "crying out" for maths and engineering graduates.
IBEC head of education policy, Tony Donohoe, said Irish universities were now holding their own against the world's top institutions.
"Ireland's ambition to be a knowledge economy depends on a strong supply of engineers and technologists, so this is particularly encouraging," he said.