NUI Galway has revealed a five-year strategy to become a top 200 university in global rankings by 2020, including progress on gender equality at the college. Photograph: Getty Images/ File photo

NUI Galway (NUIG) says it plans to become one of the world’s top 200 universities in global rankings by 2020 under a new strategic plan. The fi(...)

 CAO 2015  first preference statistics show that demand for construction and engineering courses continues to rise. Photograph: Getty Images/iStockphoto

That well-worn political slogan “it’s the economy, stupid” seems to have been taken to heart by this year’s college applicants as demand continues to(...)

The initial 2015 application statistics for those seeking college places through the CAO are published today. The experience of many students shows that changes are needed to the current applications system. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

The initial 2015 application statistics for those seeking college places through the CAO are published today. Reflecting the growing number presenting(...)

If you  have been  offered a CAO place, you have a week to consider whether you wish to accept or reject the place. Any places not accepted by the September 3rd deadline will continue to be offered by the CAO to applicants over the coming six weeks. Photograph: Frank Miller/The Irish Times

If you did not receive a satisfactory course offer in yesterday’s second round of the CAO application process, your options in the current academic ye(...)

Blurring the results: the number of places filled in each course is crucial for determining demand for it, and affects the points required. Photograph: Bryan O’Brien

As second round offers are released today to college applicants, there have been fresh calls for greater transparency in the application process. (...)

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan, who dropped in to The Irish Times Results Helpdesk yesterday as the team fielded calls, with education columnist Brian Mooney and guidance counsellors Brian Howard and Deirdre Garrett.  The helpdesk is at irishtimes.com/results. Photograph: Cyril Byrne.

Minister for Education Jan O’Sullivan has urged higher-education institutions to cut the number of course offerings on the CAO to reduce the complexi(...)

Demand for science courses has grown. Science at TCD rose by 5 points to 515, which compares to a final points requirement of 455 in 2010. Science at DCU rose 10 points to 460, a 23 per cent rise over five years, while at DIT points for science rose 30 points to 435. Photograph: Getty

Demand for science and technology courses has grown considerably this year in a sign that Government and industry efforts to attract school leavers to(...)

Leaving Cert students at Belvedere College, Dublin, about to sit an exam in June of this year. Photograph: Alan Betson/The Irish Times

Third level colleges have come under fresh criticism for “artificially inflating” CAO points, through the proliferation of niche courses, ahead of the(...)

Tralee IT was shown to offer four tourism-related, higher-degree courses last year with 15 places. These included “travel and tourism management”, which had just two places and an entry requirement of 340 points.

More than one-third of courses being offered by universities and institutes of technology have 15 or fewer places, latest figures show, in a pattern (...)

Spoilt for choice: The confusing state of our college application system causes many students to select programmes which they drop out of in first year. Getty/Digital Vision

Let’s be honest, there are only about 14 professions. So how did we get to a situation where students face choosing between 1,400 CAO courses each yea(...)