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    One-tenth of Irish students are in UK

    By Noreen Bowden | August 11, 2008

    The Irish Independent is reporting on the substantial numbers of Irish students who are leaving Ireland to pursue third-level education in Britain. The newspaper says this ‘brain drain’ is caused by increased competition for places in popular college courses, and that one-tenth of university students are now in the UK.

    The report says that there are now 16,000 Irish undergraduates and postgraduates in Britain; this is an increase of 3,000 over five years.  Half of those students are on postgraduate courses.  There are 1,180 students in doctoral programmes, while fewer than 5,000 studying for doctorates in Ireland.

    The newspaper reports there have been substantial rises in the numbers leaving Ireland to study medicine, teacher training, psychology, civil engineering and sports science.

    The Higher Education Authority said it was monitoring the figures.  There are 140,000 students in the Irish third-level system.

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