90 per cent of Galway-Mayo IT graduates get jobs

The recent publication of The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2015 has seen Galway-Mayo Institute of Technology jump five places to stand at 12th this year – making the biggest improvement in the ranks of a national university ranking table. The IT has moved further than any other third level institutions in this year’s ranking.

GMIT ranks joint ninth nationally in terms of graduate employment, with 90 per cent of graduates securing employment upon leaving the IT. The work placement element of GMIT programmes contributed to this high level of graduate employment, with 1200 GMIT students undergoing work placement last year.

GMIT have also revealed some impressive figures as regards exam results, with 65 per cent of students achieving a first grade or 2:1 qualification compared with 48 per cent the previous year.

“There have been so many improvements within the college over the past 12 months” said Sam O’Neill, President of the GMIT Student’s Union. “The marketing both internally and externally has improved significantly.”

“It’s hard to pinpoint one reason however as there have been so many good stories out of the college this year, the awards our students have won ranging from fashion design awards to awards in the field of culinary arts. I personally feel we (the SU) have played a huge role in this great achievement. We as student representatives are hugely proud of this achievement and hope the college can continue to go from strength to strength.”

GMIT has also seen a marked decrease in the number of students dropping out of it’s courses, with the completion rate improved by 5 per cent on the previous years figure, now standing at 85 per cent.

In addition to their new ranking in the Sunday Times University Guide, GMIT was also given the award “IT of the year” from the newspaper.

Fiona Keegan

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