February 26, 2021
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Con-grad-ulations! WIT is the top choice for students across South East

Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) is the top destination for college-bound secondary students in the South East, a new survey reveals.

Recently published data on secondary ‘feeder’ schools to universities, institutes of technology, and colleges shows WIT continues to feature as the leading provider of higher education across the counties in the region.

WIT ranks number one when it comes to attracting students through the CAO from across the five counties in the south east of Ireland – Waterford, Wexford, Kilkenny, Tipperary (South Riding), and Carlow.

Over 1,600 of the 5,000 plus new higher education-going students in the region in 2019 chose WIT.

When it comes to individual counties, well over 50% of higher education-going students from Waterford choose WIT.

The data is similar for Wexford, where 30% of higher education going students opt to go to WIT.

In Kilkenny and South Tipperary,  one-in-four students go to WIT.

WIT Registrar and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr Derek O’Byrne said the statistics are reflective of the emphasis WIT puts on assisting students in the CAO decision-making process.

“In line with our ‘right student, right programme’ ethos we have invested in helping students make the right choices for them. This includes a suite of common entry courses to help students decide on what areas they want to specialise in during their first year in college,” he said.

WIT’s strategic plan has a strong focus on developing the institute’s leadership role in the south east region.

The college’s Vice President for Strategy Dr Richard Hayes said: “The feeder schools report show very clearly the regional impact of WIT on the South East.

“The report also clearly shows that WIT is operating in the university ‘space’ and is filling the deficiency left by the lack of a university in the South East. We are focused on delivering a university for the region that will further enhance our position and create additional opportunities for students in the region.”



Shane Doran

Shane Doran is founder and Co-Managing Editor of News Now Media, incorporating KilkennyNow.ie, WaterfordNow.ie and WicklowNow.ie. He is a former newspaper editor who has held senior executive roles across five national newspaper titles, both broadsheet and tabloid. He was News Editor and Executive Editor of the Irish Independent for more than seven years and spent a number of years in South Africa where he worked as editor of The Daily Voice newspaper. Shane has held senior editorial position with The Sunday Independent, The Herald and The Irish Daily Star and has served as Executive Editor (Group) of Independent News & Media (INM), Ireland’s largest newspaper group.

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