Dáil Éireann - Volume 550 - 20 March, 2002

Written Answers. - Higher Level Enrolments.

  742. Ms Shortall asked the Minister for Education and Science the number of undergraduate first-year students registered in each university and institute of technology in each academic year from 1996-97 up to 2002; and if he will make a statement on the matter. [8638/02]

  Minister for Education and Science (Dr. Woods): The information requested by the Deputy is set out in the following table. The growth in numbers of entrants to full-time undergraduate courses at third level signifies a continuing high demand for third level education. In keeping with this Government's objectives to increase levels of participation in education generally, I will continue to provide for increased numbers attending third level both in the university and institute of technology sectors and with a focus on addressing socio-economic disadvantage and access by mature students.

  Number of undergraduate first-year students registered in each university and institute of technology in the academic years 1996-97 to 2000-01:

Institution/academic year

1996–1997

1997–1998

1998–1999

1999–2000

2000–2001

NUI – Cork

2,272

2,466

2,545

2,695

2,681

NUI – Dublin

3,273

3,310

3,481

3,414

3,529

NUI – Galway

1,614

1,755

1,965

2,105

2,349

Trinity College Dublin

1,959

2,276

2,409

2,422

2,365

NUI – Maynooth

1,053

1,021

1,106

1,186

1,143

Dublin City University

1,546

1,740

1,851

2,145

1,735

University of Limerick

1,847

2,154

2,284

2,382

2,248

National College of Art and Design

153

146

138

156

160

Dublin Institute of Technology

4,441

4,034

4,192

3,910

3,928

Athlone Institute of Technology

1,183

1,090

1,024

1,281

1,205

Institute of Technology Carlow

1,275

1,178

1,009

1,004

1,137

Cork Institute of Technology

1,651

1,667

1,760

1,921

1,988

Dundalk Institute of Technology

1,029

1,120

1,220

969

935

Galway – Mayo Institute of Technology

1,260

1,460

1,414

1,552

1,517

Letterkenny Institute of Technology

755

865

883

879

843

Limerick Institute of Technology

1,046

1,068

1,138

1,185

1,074

Institute of Technology Sligo

1,248

989

1,018

1,113

1,019

Institute of Technology Tallaght

742

641

826

868

940

Institute of Technology Tralee

996

853

962

951

1,035

Waterford Institute of Technology

1,828

1,707

1,734

1,869

1,918

Dún Laoghaire Institute of Technology

139

194

220

341

424

Institute of Technology, Blanchardstown*

221

288

Tipperary Institute*

138

110

Hotel Training/Catering College, Killybegs

191

236

212

199

169

* Third-Level enrolments in IOT Blanchardstown and Tipperary Institute commenced in the academic year 1999-2000.

Data in respect of the 2001-02 academic year are currently being collected and are not yet available.