Written answers

Wednesday, 9 October 2019

Department of Education and Skills

Third Level Institutions

Photo of Thomas ByrneThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail)
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68. To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the third level institutions which have informed his Department of plans to reduce enrolment in the coming years; the institute and planned enrolment reduction; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [41362/19]

Photo of Joe McHughJoe McHugh (Donegal, Fine Gael)
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My Department is not aware of any planned reductions in student intake by third level institutions.

In November 2018 the Department published projections of the demand for full time third level places in state-aided institutions for the period 2018-2040. The results show that demand for third level places will increase each year up to 2030, driven primarily by demographic trends, increased levels of transition from the post-primary sector and rising numbers of internationals students.  

Budget 2020 announced an increase of over €150 million for tertiary education.  This will provide for the launch of the Human Capital Initiative with €60 million spend proposed in 2020.  It also includes a provision of €18 million to address demographic pressures, accommodating an additional 2,700 places in Higher Education in 2020. 


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