Thousands expected at NUIG open days

Some 8,000 visitors are expected to attend next week’s NUI Galway r annual Open Days.

The two-day event takes place on Friday, September 30 and Saturday, October 1, providing an opportunity for prospective students to explore the campus and its facilities and find out more about the courses that are of interest to them.

Friday's Open Day will run from 9am to 3pm and is aimed at school groups, although individuals are also very welcome to attend. Running from 10am to 3pm, Saturday's Open Day is for students thinking about university, and their parents and families.

The open days are tailored towards Leaving Certificate and mature students who are interested in studying at NUI Galway. Parents, guardians and teachers are also invited on campus to sample life at university.

With more than 60 degree programmes on offer at NUI Galway, lecturers and students will be on hand at more than 80 exhibition stands to answer questions on courses, CAO points and possible potential career paths. Many of the newer courses at the university have been designed to be responsive to the changing needs of the employment market and meet the needs of the Smart Economy.

Two talks specifically for parents, ‘Focus on your Career’ and ‘Parents’ Guide to University’ on Saturday, will give an introduction to university life and an overview of the career paths of NUI Galway graduates, as well as looking ahead to the job market of the future.

The open days will feature a mix of taster sessions and short lectures to provide a feel for university life. Events will include hands-on science workshops, interactive demonstrations with cameras, media equipment and podcasts and interactive sessions with IT systems and robotics.

For further details on NUI Galway Open Days, or to view the full programme, visit http://www.nuigalway.ie/opendays/.

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