THE president of CIT has warned that third level funding needs to be ramped up to protect the calibre of graduates being produced.
As Dr Barry O’Connor presents parchments to more than 2,000 graduating students across disciplines such as engineering, science, music, business and tourism this week, and he said producing the graduates that are driving our recovery comes at a cost.
“In Cork and the Munster region, food processing, biopharma, the pharma industry, life sciences and the whole tourist industry is huge,” he said.
“These are exactly the areas we are producing graduates into and the students need to be properly resourced.
“When you are training people for professional industries there are costs involved.”
He stressed that large employers take the calibre of graduates into account when making location and expansion decisions.
“Through producing the correct graduates, you get the major companies to Cork,” Dr O’Connor said.