Thursday 18 January 2018

Our youth has its eyes on a future in science and entrepreneurship

IF you want to see how an economy is doing, you should look for key indicators. The most obvious are barometers like employment levels and consumer confidence. But yesterday's statistics from the Central Applications Office offer another glimpse of where Ireland is heading economically and – more instructively – where it hopes to arrive in a few years.

The CAO figures – a snapshot of student preferences – provide us with a breakdown of third-level applications that were submitted by February 1.

And they tell an interesting story, with business, technology, science and agricultural courses in high demand from students who hope to enter third level this autumn.

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