Minister for Further and Higher Education Simon Harris has said that third-level colleges around the country will reopen to all students from September.
Harris said almost all facilities on campus’ around the country will reopen, as a result of the vaccination programme.
However, he warned that institutions could face a staggered return as they reopen.
He further said Government will encourage colleges to offer online alternatives for students, to avoid overcrowding on campus at one time.
Harris said that different students will want different experiences in September.
“So the student who is 18 or 19 wants the Freshers’ week and the RAG week and the craic and the full college experience. But, for the student in their 40s or 50s, it might actually suit to be able to do education in a flexible way – where you can boot up the computer after a day’s work,” he said.
“We will sit down with Unions and we will talk about some of the good things that have come from Covid, can we embed them. I think the recorded lectures are a great idea.”
Over 200,000 students are set to return to college campus’ around the country in September, with most facilities fully reopen.