Local courses to open up innovative career path for young people

The Centre for Talented Youth Ireland is holding assessments for secondary school students at GMIT’s northern building on Saturday at 1.30pm.

The CTUI, which is based at Dublin City University, teaches subjects such as architecture, neuroscience, biotechnology, veterinary science, engineering, Japanese and even the World of Harry Potter.

Students must be assessed before they are invited to join a course. The next set of courses for primary school children takes place in May, running on Saturdays, while the centre runs secondary school courses in DCU during the summer.

Thousands of high ability young students throughout Ireland up to the age of 16 have enrolled in a series of courses designed to establish their career paths. Criminology, the study of crime and criminals, is one of the most popular courses.

During the eight-week criminology course students will examine the process of making laws, breaking laws, and of reacting to the breaking of laws.

Dr Colm O’Reilly, course director of the Centre for Talented Youth Ireland, says these specialised courses identify students of exceptional academic ability and provide programmes for them together with support services for their parents and teachers.

“This is our fifth year in Galway and the level of interest has always been very high with over 300 students participating in our Galway courses over the years. Our aim is to turn potential into achievement in time.”

Courses are held on Saturdays at DCU, UCC, Institutes of Technology at Limerick, Galway, Athlone, Letterkenny, Waterford, Tralee, Sligo and Wexford. The Saturday courses are hugely successful and more than 8,000 young people have taken part.

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