County Kildare is to get a major new initiative to promote the study of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).
The package of measures includes a promotional DVD for all second-level school students in the county, and a scholarship scheme at NUI Maynooth.
Students who achieve over 500 points in their Leaving Cert, with an Honours Grade A in Mathematics and another STEM subject, will be eligible to apply for an award under the scheme.
The initiative is open to students of all second-level schools in the county, as well as Kildare residents attending schools outside the county. It will come into effect for the next academic year.
Four scholarships will awarded to first-year students in 2011, and each scholarship will last for the duration of the chosen undergraduate degree programme. Accommodation on campus will be reserved for the scholarship students (normal charges apply).
The university’s partners in the STEM initiative include Kildare County Council, local education providers and leading industries in the area (Bord Na Móna, Hewlett Packard, Intel and Pfizer Ireland).
Speaking at the initiative’s launch, the chairman of NUI Maynooth’s governing body, Dan Flinter, said: “In our county a growing supply of engineering and science graduates is vital to our long-term economic success.
“The availability of such graduates was critical to the attraction of major international companies as well as indigenous start-up companies in the past and will underpin the regeneration of the Irish economy going forward.”
Read more details, including the courses covered, on the NUI Maynooth website
For further information on the initiative, call NUI Maynooth’s Admissions Office at 01 708 3822 or email admissions[at]nuim[dot]ie