Saturday 18 November 2017

NUI Galway focuses on industry needs

NUI Galway is to offer six courses as part of the Springboard initiative, ranging in subject area from Environmental Sustainability, to Medical Device Science, to Technology Commercialisation and Innovation Management.

All of these courses are available in a modular, flexible format and can be taken via distance learning for students who are unable to attend the campus on a weekly basis.

Nuala McGuinn, Adult Education Development Officer at NUI Galway says: “These courses would suit those who want to attain a qualification while actively seeking employment. The subject areas are directly focused on employment and the emerging skill needs of Irish industry.”

The University has a long history of working with adult learners, either those approaching third-level for the first time or returning to study.

While five of the six courses the University is offering as part of Springboard are level 8 and level 9, NUI Galway is also putting in place a Foundation Diploma in Science, Technology and Engineering.

This level 6 programme is designed for people who have been out of the formal education system for some time.

Nuala McGuinn explains: “The Foundation course is mainly targeted at those unemployed who need to upskill, rather than reskill.

"The course will provide the basic tools that will enable them to enter and complete third-level education in their chosen field. Many people are interested in the areas of science, technology and engineering and this course is a perfect starting point for those considering doing a diploma or degree in these areas.”

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