Employment and Learning Minister Stephen Farry has addressed the National Union of Students and the Union of Students Ireland (NUS-USI) annual conference in Enniskillen.
The minister used the occasion to highlight his department’s Graduating to Success programme which he said was the first higher education strategy for Northern Ireland setting out a vision for the sector up to 2020.
“Learners are at the heart of the strategy,” he said.
“The Northern Ireland Executive has recognised the importance of investing in higher education and supporting efforts to raise skills.
“The recent injection of funding from the Jobs and Economy Initiative enabled the provision of 500 additional undergraduate places bringing the total increase in STEM places to 1,200 by 2015.”