University of Groningen Launches New Science Programmes
Written on Friday, 27 July 2012 19:47

The University of Groningen, in the Netherlands, announced recently that, for the academic year 2013-2014, it is launching ten new undergraduate Science programmes, taught through English.

Full details will be announced in the autumn but EUNiCAS understands that the university will be launching the following:

BSc Applied Mathematics
BSc Applied Physics 
BSc Artificial Intelligence 
BSc Astronomy 
BEng Chemical Engineering
BSc Chemistry 
BSC Computer Science
BSc Mathematics 
BSc Physics
BEng Technical Engineering & Management

This announcement is timely in the context of increasing numbers of UK and Irish students applying for Science programmes and the recent declaration, in the UK, by The Lords Science and Technology Committee which says that universities are not producing enough science graduates with the skills needed by UK industry. It calls for immediate action to boost student numbers in science, technology, engineering and maths at undergraduate and postgraduate level.


EUNICAS facilitates session between top Dutch universities and UK Careers Advisors
Written on Saturday, 30 June 2012 15:32

At Maastricht University last week, as part of the Annual Conference of Cambridge Occupational Analysts (COA), Guy Flouch [Director of EUNiCAS] facilitated an information session between seven of the leading universities in the Netherlands and over 70 Careers Advisors from English schools.


Drop of nearly 20% in numbers of Irish students applying to UK universities
Written on Friday, 08 June 2012 15:15

2012 has seen a significant drop in the number of Irish students applying to join undergraduate programmes in the UK. The number of Irish students applying through UCAS [the university central admissions service in the UK] this year is down to 5,873, a drop of 19.2% on last year’s figures.

This drop is almost certainly largely due to the increase in tuition fees in England. Notably, the number of English students applying through UCAS is also down, by some 10%.


Fears of huge rise in third-level fees, in Ireland, of up to €6k
Written on Thursday, 24 May 2012 22:35

Irish Independent May 24 2012
Families are facing the prospect of a huge hike in the fees for sending children to college.

Education Minister Ruairi Quinn has already signalled that charges would rise to €3,000 a year by September 2015. But that could now double to €6,000 in the wake of new recommendations.

In September, students will already be paying €2,250 in registration fees, with phased increases for each of the next three years. But a report being prepared for Mr Quinn is likely to conclude that there is no alternative to students paying even more.


EU scores well in New Global Rankings of National Higher Education Systems
Written on Monday, 14 May 2012 17:44

A new system of ranking countries said to be the ‘best’ at providing higher education was published recently by Universitas 21, the 15-year-old global network of 23 leading research-intensive universities*


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