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New Education Initiative: Students Can Enrol in Territory Programmes Before Completing Degree Courses

Dublin: The Nursing, Science, and Business Education Programme, which has been tested and found success in the country, has been implemented nationwide since September. This programme aims to increase the number of new degree programmes outside the Central Applications Office (CAO) point system for the current academic year. The programme integrates training, higher education, research, and innovation.

One notable feature of this programme is that students can enrol in territory programmes at further education institutions before completing their recognised degree course. This opportunity is available for individuals aged 18 to 40, irrespective of nationality or gender. Importantly, territory students joining the programme are not required to pay tuition fees or student contribution fees.

The implementation of the programme is widespread, covering all educational training boards and technical universities in the country. Additionally, nursing and psychiatric nursing programs are expected to expand to two other locations. Furthermore, some universities, including the University of Limerick, the University of Galway, the National College of Art and Design, Mary Immaculate College, and University College Cork, will have programmes under this initiative starting in September 2025.

Minister of Higher Education Simon Harris highlighted that the territory programme aims to ensure that a student’s earned points do not restrict their career choices. The minister emphasised that this initiative is beneficial, especially for students who may go abroad for education due to not meeting the required points domestically. Minister Harris also mentioned plans to rewrite the professional aspects of education.

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