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Concern over drop-out rates in computer science courses

"Up to 80% of students in some courses are failing to progress to second year.

Higher education officials are concerned at high dropout rates in maths-related courses, where up to 80 per cent of students are failing to progress beyond first year.

There is acute concern over non-progression rates in computer science courses, given a severe skills shortage in the information and computer technology (ICT) sector.

About one-third of computer science students across all institutes of technology are dropping out after first year in college. These rates reached as high as 70 per cent in some individual IT courses.

A report (from The Higher Education Authority) states that the country is facing a “severe skills shortage” in the ICT sector, with a national action plan targeting the provision of an extra 1,250 graduates in the sector over the coming years."

Use the Computer Systems & Networks with Cyber Security programme in Colaiste Ide as the first step on your path to success.  Gain a strong, broad foundation in computing prior to commencing third level study.

Click here for more information on the Computer Systems & Networks with Cyber Security programme.

Click here to read full article on the Irish Times website.

Why study Computing with Cyber Security at Colaiste Ide:

  • Build a strong broad foundation in Computing: course includes Mobile App Development(Android), Computer Programming (Java, PHP, JavaScript, HTML5/CSS), Virtual Machines / Operating Systems, Computer Networking and Computer Hardware.
  • Gain insight into hacking methods such as SQL injection and stealing of user credentials. Also, gain insight into resolving of such issues.
  • Access to latest software and technology.
  • Become more confident ahead of studying computing degree in ITB, NCI, etc (very significant issue considering very high dropout rate in computing degrees)
  • Consider implications with regard to college fees in having to repeat a year at 3rd level.
  • Establish if you truly want to pursue a computing career.  
  • Become more proficient with technologies in general.




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