Irish Education System – Some key Indicators
ECOFIN Study 2009
- Ireland ranked 1st of 28 countries in terms of graduates per 1000 inhabitants
- Ireland ranked 2nd of 27 countries in terms of graduates per academic staff
- Ireland ranked 1st of 28 countries in terms of recruiter perception of quality of graduates
- Ireland ranked 2nd of 28 countries in terms of academic peer review of quality of graduates
Attainment Rates – OECD figures (Education at a Glance 2011)
- Ireland ranked fourth in OECD in terms of tertiary attainment rate of 25-34 year olds (48%)
World Economic Forum 2011
- Ireland ranked 29th out of 142 countries overall
- Ireland ranked 10th out of 142 for Health and Primary Education
- Ireland ranked 22nd out of 142 for strength of Higher Education and Training
- World Competitiveness Yearbook (2011) IMD – Ireland ranked 24th out of 59 overall
- Ireland ranks 1st globally for availability of skilled labour and openness to new ideas (up from 4th in 2010)
- Ireland ranks 4th globally for labour productivity per person employed per hour (up from 6th in 2010)
Research Excellence and Impact
- Thomson Reuters Essential Science Indicators 2011:
Ireland ranks within the top 20 nations in the world across all research fields.
- Ireland moved up from 36th in the world in 2003 in terms of the impact of its research to its current position at 20th in the world.
- In 2005, Irish research institutions featured within the top 1% in the world* in terms of research impact in 10 key areas - and the number of fields in which Irish research institutions feature within the world top 1%* has increased by 80% in the past 5 years to 18 fields.
- Ireland has 5 universities in the top 300 overall rankings (QS)
- TCD and UCD in top 100 universities for majority of HSS subjects (QS)
- TCD in top 50 for 8 subjects and no. 15 in Maths (QS)
- Ireland in sixth place globally for number of universities in top 200 relative to GDP