15 August 2012
Discover Science & Engineering (DSE) today welcomed the 35% rise in students that took the higher level maths course in the Leaving Cert this year. This will put students in a strong position to study science and technology courses at third level.
Companies requiring science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) graduates are the fastest growing sectors of the economy.
The increased uptake of these subjects at third level is required as there is a great demand for young technology, science and engineering graduates due to both multinational and indigenous investment from social media, ICT, games development, green tech and medical engineering companies.
Dr. Graham Love, Director of DSE and Director of Policy and Communications for Science Foundation Ireland (SFI) said: “It is encouraging to see the increased uptake of students taking higher level maths at Leaving Cert and the excellent results that have been achieved. I congratulate the parents, teachers and careers guidance counselors who have helped guide students to undertake these subjects. There is a growing demand for STEM graduates and these students are one step closer to the vast and exciting opportunities that these industries offer.”