Technological University of the Shannon (TUS) has the highest number of honours degree graduates in the country in employment nine months after graduation. According to the most recent HEA (Higher Education Authority) Graduate Outcomes Survey, 86.9% of 2022 TUS honours degree graduates are in employment, the highest percentage in the country.
TUS undergraduates outperforming the national average
As many as 96.4% of these TUS engineering, manufacturing and construction graduates are in employment, out-performing the national average by almost 11 per cent. TUS undergraduates are also more likely to take up employment in the regions served by its six campuses. More than 60% of these graduates are currently in employment in the Mid West and Midlands regions, with a further 5.9% and 5.1% of these TUS undergraduates employed in the neighbouring counties of Galway and Cork.
Almost 20% of the 2022 graduates working in Westmeath have honours degrees in information or communication technologies. A further 21.3% of students working in the county have undergraduate honour degrees in the area of social science and information. As many as 92.7% of 2022 TUS taught postgraduates are in employment nine months after graduation, with 93.7% of TUS research postgraduates in employment.
Supporting the local economy
President of TUS Professor Vincent Cunnane said, “A key focus of TUS is that our graduates are work-ready, and the HEA finding that our graduates are the most employable in the country is a source of pride for us as a university and good news for the regions we serve. The fact that such high numbers are employed within our catchment regions reflects TUS’s commitment to collaborating with industry, businesses and organisations in the Midlands and Mid West. Our flexibility and ability to adapt to the ever-changing needs of our regions has ensured that graduates are skilled and work ready to take up employment immediately on graduating. As a result, more than 60% of our 2022 honours degree graduates are working in the Midlands and Mid West, serving their communities, providing for themselves and their families, and supporting the local economy.”
Work placement a key factor
Almost 55% of 2022 undergraduates in employment had accredited work placement or work experience as a component of their course. Dean of Flexible & Work Based Learning, Seamus Hoyne said, “We are incredibly proud to be recognised for our commitment to graduate employability. Our goal is to prepare our students for the ever-changing demands of the workforce, and this ranking is a validation of our efforts. Our Careers supports, Career Events and the integration of work placement across our programmes are major contributors to this result”
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