An agreement with Irish medical universities that was reached on July 12 will see an increase in the number of places available for European Union students by 200 over the next five years.
The agreement was announced by Minister for Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science, Simon Harris and Minister for Health Stephen Donnelly, and the same will see 60 more EU students in Ireland in September 2022.
According to the Irish government, the number will rise to 120 in September 2023 and up to 200 in 2026, SchengenVisaInfo.com reports.
Commenting on the agreement, Minster Harris pointed out that the creation of these places is hidden in a continuous engagement and hard work done in the last months with all Irish medical universities.
“It marks a significant expansion in the number of places available to students applying through the CAO system. It increases the opportunities for students to progress to study medicine in Ireland and to help us build our talent pipeline,” he also noted.
According to him, the commitment from his department, the universities of medicine, and the Department of Health to create these places for students who will start this year will undoubtedly increase in the future.
At the same time, Minister Donnelly emphasizes that creating these places, which allows for an increase in the number of medical students graduating, is an important step enabling in the Department of Medicine and the HSE to plan for the future health workforce.
“By increasing the number of doctors in the system, we are taking a step towards addressing the needs of the entire system, to allow it to continue to respond and allowing some much-needed support for those frontline workers who have managed so well, caring for people throughout the pandemic,” he added.
The additional places in September 2022 will be distributed across the medical universities as follows:
- National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) – 11 undergraduate places
- Trinity College Dublin – 11 undergraduate places
- Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) – 11 undergraduate places
- University College Cork (UCC) – 11 undergraduate places
- University College Dublin (UCD) – 11 undergraduate places
In addition, Minister Harris also updated government colleagues on ongoing engagement with universities in Northern Ireland to allow Irish students to apply for medical courses through the Central Applications Office (CAO), which applications for undergraduate courses in Irish Higher Education Institutions.
The Irish Government has also announced that the funding of these additional places will be made jointly by the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science and the Department of Health.