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Afra Ronayne

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  Afra Ronayne
I would advise somebody considering this job to talk to people who are engineers already. They should try to talk to people working in different areas of engineering as even when people do the same degree they can have very different day to day jobs, from full time office based jobs to full time site based jobs.

Also it is important to remember that even if you complete an engineering degree you are not limited to a purely technical career as there are plenty of other areas you can get involved in like project management or finance.

Administrative people are interested in work that offers security and a sense of being part of a larger process. They may be at their best operating under supervisors who give clear guidelines, and performing routine tasks in a methodical and reliable way.

They tend to enjoy clerical and most forms of office work, where they perform essential administrative duties. They often form the backbone of large and small organisations alike. They may enjoy being in charge of office filing systems, and using computers and other office equipment to keep things running smoothly. They usually like routine work hours and prefer comfortable indoor workplaces.
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Maynooth named in Top 200 International Universities

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Maynooth named in Top 200 International Universities

Friday, January 15, 2016 

Maynooth named in Top 200 International Universities

Maynooth University’s position as a global institution was reaffirmed today as Times Higher Education (THE) ranked it amongst the Top 200 most international universities. Listed at number 146 in the rankings, Maynooth’s position has been described as a “significant achievement” by THE.

The ranking is compiled from the ‘international outlook’ indicator of the World University Rankings, which considers international–to–domestic student and staff ratios, and the extent to which academics collaborate with international colleagues.

Phil Batty, Editor of THE Rankings, explains: “An institution’s global outlook is one of the key markers of a prestigious university. The top institutions hire faculty from all over the world, attract students from a global market of top talent and collaborate with leading departments wherever they happen to be based. It is a sign of great potential, competitiveness and dynamism.”

Commenting on the new ranking, Maynooth University President, Professor Philip Nolan, said: “While one must not place too much emphasis on any ranking scheme, it is pleasing to once again be recognised among the top universities in the world. Our international outlook has been a particular focus of the University in recent years and we have been extremely successful in attracting the highest calibre staff and students from all over the world. We have, over the last five years, doubled the number of international students attending Maynooth University. Today’s ranking reflects the growing reputation of the quality and quantity of our research and teaching internationally.”

A recent survey by Study Portals ranked Maynooth University number 1 in Europe for international students’ level of satisfaction with their experience studying at Maynooth.

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Maynooth University is currently implementing a strategic plan to 2017 designed to focus on and enhance its contribution to education and research. Along with a focus on doubling the number of international students on-campus and doubling the number of domestic students spending time abroad, the plan includes new centres of excellence for research, a radical enhancement of undergraduate education, and collaborations with other institutions, domestically and internationally.

Today, with more than 10,000 students, Maynooth University is Ireland’s fastest growing university, having doubled in size since 1999. Maynooth University is the top rated Irish university in 2012, 2013, and 2014 in the percentage of publications in the elite 1% most cited academic journals, and is ranked second highest among the seven Irish universities in the number of PhD graduates per 10 academic staff.

Source: Maynooth University

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