THE DEMAND for University of Limerick graduates is now around 15% higher than the national average, its president said as some 1,500 students were conferred this week.
Speaking during the five winter conferring ceremonies, UL president, Professor Don Barry, highlighted the continued growth in demand for UL graduates by employers and reiterated UL’s vision for the future development and expansion of the campus.
“Despite the challenging environment, UL’s graduate employment rate for 2012 figure for primary degree-holders is now 15% higher than the Higher Education Authority’s most recently-available national average figure which is 48% for 2011,” he said.
He urged the 1,511 graduates - including 58 PhDs - to leave the mistakes of the past behind and to embrace the future. “We expect that you will embrace innovation and work for a new Ireland. You are the generation of innovation and what Ireland needs is bright individuals with good ideas and the commitment to work to make them happen, employees who will contribute to the growth and expansion of business, researchers unafraid to explore,” he said.
There were a number of firsts among the graduates this week – the first students of UL’s Masters in Taxation were conferred from what is Ireland’s only Masters in taxation programme; a large number of distance learning graduates from countries across the world will come to UL, in many cases for the first time, as they graduate from programmes including the Masters of Science in Multilingual Computing and Localisation and the MSc in Project and Programme Management.
Over 150 international students were among this week’s graduates hailing from 19 countries worldwide.
Sixteen graduates, all staff members of Revenue, were conferred with the BA in Applied Taxation. A further 41 Revenue staff were conferred with the Diploma in Applied Taxation, bringing to 532 the number of Revenue staff that have graduated to date with this technical tax qualification.
“Today we celebrate the strong academic partnership between UL and the Revenue Commissioners. In the nine years of this partnership, the first of its kind for the Irish civil service, more than 700 Revenue Commissioner Employees have graduated,” said Prof Barry.