DIT CAMPUS, GRANGEGORMAN DUBLIN

Forty Per Cent Of Population Has A Third-Level Qualification

Elaine Stenson
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42% of the population now has a third level education. 

The latest profile from Census 2016 shows more women than men have a college qualification.

The latest figures also show that 42% of people have a qualification from a third-level institution which sees a rise in third level academics. 

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It’s a massive jump in our education levels in 25 years – in the 1991 census just 13.6% had gone on to third level studies. 

At over 61% the Dun Laoghaire-Rathdown area has the highest level of education – the lowest is in Longford and Wexford at 32.5%.

Just 1% of the population has obtained a PhD.

When it came to Irish, almost 40% said they are able to speak the language, however only 4% speak the language on a daily basis.