DCU ranked second for graduate employment in Ireland

Shauna Burdis

Only the University of Limerick has a higher graduate employment rate than DCU

Dublin City University was named the leading university in Dublin and second in Ireland for graduate employment. Just one per cent behind the University of Limerick.

The figures were released on February 18th as part of the 2017 Higher Education Authority’s (HEA) Outcomes Survey.

Figures released by the HEA revealed that 79 per cent of DCU graduates find employment within six months of graduating or are due to start a new job within the next three months.

The study found that 70 per cent of DCU graduates are working fulltime. Seven per cent are in part-time work and two per cent are due to start a job within the next three months.

This figure increased from 2014, when 73 per cent of DCU graduates were employed within six months of leaving the university. In 2012, DCU’s graduate employment was 68.6 per cent.

DCU President Brian MacCraith said that the results “demonstrate that we are not only providing programmes that are relevant for today’s economy but also that we are delivering highly sought-after graduates who are ready for the world of work.”

A total of 58,136 students graduated from universities and colleges in Ireland in 2017. The study also found that university graduates are more likely to be employed and earn more.

Commenting on DCU’s success, Executive Dean of the DCU Business School, Anne Sinnott said: “our close connection to industry and government ensures relevance and recency in our research, which is brought into the classroom leading to ‘work-ready’ graduates, high rates of employment after graduation, and industry-relevant programmes.”

The report stated that: 83 per cent of education graduates, 49 per cent of arts and humanities graduates, 73 per cent of business graduates and 79 per cent of engineering graduates are working full time.

“Industry-relevant projects, content and experience have been integral to our engineering programmes, and that maps directly and strongly to employability. We work hard to renew curricula and develop new ways of engaging with industry so that this ethos remains vibrant and effective,” Executive Dean of the DCU School of Engineering and Computing, Lisa Looney said.

Ireland has also seen a continuing expansion of third level education. In 2017 there were over 186,000 full-time students in third level education, with numbers likely to increase.

The survey found that 78 per cent of graduates in Ireland are in employment or due to start a job within nine months of leaving university. Some 14 per cent continue onto further study and five per cent are unemployed.

The survey was done in collaboration with the Central Statistics Office (CSO).

Shauna Burdis

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