Minister of State for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor T.D. today published the Eurostudent VI study conducted by Insight Statistical Consulting on behalf of the Higher Education Authority, the sixth report of its kind into how students experience university life, while visiting GMIT Mayo campus Castlebar.
Over 20,000 students attending higher education institutions were surveyed as part of the report. Overall the report found:
High levels of overall student satisfaction with the quality of teaching the timetabling of studies and the facilities of the institution.
Furthermore, students appear to have a clear understanding of what is expected of them from their institution.
Students also report high levels of ‘fitting into’ higher education and appear to have few doubts that higher education was the right choice for them. This is further demonstrated by most students reporting that they would recommend their choice of programme to other students.
If we are to have the best education system in Europe by 2026, we must ensure our institutions are responding to the experience of those that use them. Reports such as these give us an invaluable insight and will contribute to future policy making.
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