In addition to the common two-type university system that most countries in Europe have, Ireland also has additional schools that are more specialised. The National University of Ireland group consists of seven Universities, which are based on more general academics and learning. There are fourteen Institutes of Technology, which are the vocational schools, and then seven private Colleges of Education. The Institutes of Technology emphasise technology, but also include programmes in media, hospitality, pharmacy, textiles, and healthcare. The Regional Technical Colleges, of which there are 11, focus on subjects like business studies and engineering. Lastly, there are the Specialist Colleges which are part of the National Council for Education Awards. These specialist colleges focus on one subject.
Seven of Ireland’s universities are public while there are seven private, independent, or not-for-profit institutes that include Dublin Business School and the ICD Business School. These private institutes can be as large as 9,000 students to as small as 200. All of the seven public universities are ranked among the world’s top 700 by the World University Rankings.
Higher education in the Republic of Ireland is arranged into a series of levels and certificates before a Bachelor’s degree. Following that, a student can receive an Honours Bachelor’s Degree, a Master’s, and then a Doctorate. Currently, there are six industries that are growing the fastest and so are very popular among students seeking to find work. Those fields are IT, computer software, accounting, work in the Green sector, business, and medical professions.