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NUI Maynooth records highest growth in 1st preference applications in university sector  

Growth in students applying to Biotechnology, Computing and Product Design Courses

9th March 2010

CAO application figures received by NUI Maynooth this week show that the number of students who nominated NUI Maynooth as their first choice for university has grown by 11%. Overall applications to the third level sector have increased by 6%.

Applications for the Bachelor of Arts programme at NUI Maynooth, which has had the highest entry points of any university for last 2 years, have increased by 15%. The University has also seen strong growth in the number of applications for Computing (+8%), Biotechnology (+32%) and Product Design (+8%).

Commenting on the figures, Mr. John McGinnity, Assistant Registrar said:

“We are pleased with the reaction to our ICT and Biotechnology offerings – a positive sign, given recent industry calls for more graduates in these areas. Coming on the back of the strong growth achieved over the last 4 years, this is continued recognition of the world class academic staff and courses here at NUI Maynooth which are attracting great interest.

He continued: “Our objective at NUI Maynooth is to provide the range and quality of degrees that students want and to ensure they have a great student experience on campus while studying here with us.”

NUI Maynooth last week announced the launch of Beemune, the third company to spin out from the University in the last 12 months. A biotechnology company, focused on the export market, Beemune has the unique potential to immediately begin solving a major problem for the $500 billion global food crop industry.


For further information contact:
Deirdre Watters, Communications Office                          +353 1 86 803 5274
John McGinnity, Asst Registrar                                           +353 1 708 3430


Last edited: Tuesday, 09-Mar-2010 09:39:47 GMT