The Irish Times reports today on the 'credit accumulation' system now available for undergraduates at many Irish third level institutions. While this flexibility in course choice was already commonplace in the US and Canada, it was only introduced to Ireland in 1995 with the Horizons programme in UCD. Increasingly, students can effectively “pick and mix” their own degree programme, with more options than ever before. In 2017 Maynooth University will for the first time allow students to choose arts and science subjects together. As Professor Philip Nolan explains 'it came about because there was a concern emerging that graduates really need to be flexible and adaptable and to be able to look at issues from different perspectives, but the curriculum was quite rigid. We wanted to address this, giving students flexibility and choice in terms of their options and encouraging them to look outside their core area, gain fresh perspectives and spark new intellectual interest'. Read more of this article by following the link below.
Students choosing to mix their degrees