Record Number of UCAS Applications to High Demand Courses
Written on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 11:51

Record numbers of students have applied for the most competitive university courses, according to figures from the admissions service Ucas.

Almost 57,000 applied for dentistry, medicine, or veterinary science courses or to study at Oxford or Cambridge, before their 15 October early deadline.

Ucas says the numbers are 2% higher than for the same courses this time last year.

Chief executive Mary Curnock Cook said the figures were "encouraging".

"Not only are they up against last year but also on 2011. Although this is a subset of applicants for higher education at the highest levels of achievement, I remain optimistic about overall demand in the 2013 cycle", said Ms Curnock Cook

Irish Students Join Physio Programmes in the Netherlands
Written on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 11:51

Dutch Universities are reporting a significant increase in the number of Irish students registering on Physiotherapy degree programmes. There are four programmes in the Netherlands, including the programme in Enschede, a buzzing student city [pic above] at Saxion University of Applied Sciences. The story of Emily, who registered at Saxion last month, is  told in a recent article in the Irish Times:

University of Groningen Launches New Science Programmes
Written on Tuesday, 18 June 2019 11:51

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 Tuesday, 18 June 2019 11:51

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 Tuesday, 18 June 2019 11:51

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%.


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