Students settle in at Ireland's newest third level campus at the National Institute for Higher Education Dublin.

Ireland’s newest third level educational facility, the National Institute for Higher Education (NIHE) Dublin is situated in the former agricultural college, Albert College, in Glasnevin. The need for this national institution arose from the increased demand for new and enhanced skills in industry, business and agriculture.

The first group of approximately 240 students arrive on campus to enrol in six degree courses; Business Studies, Accounting and Finance, Computer Applications, Communications Studies, Analytical Science and Electronic Engineering. 

Initially, the NIHE Dublin will accommodate 1,200 students, but by 1990 this figure is expected to rise to a total of 5,000 students in both undergraduate and post-graduate courses.

Director of the NIHE Dublin Dan O'Hare is encouraging students to set their sights on the year 2000 as by then they will be,

The influential people in Ireland, the leaders of perhaps public opinion in Ireland and the people who will be guiding Ireland on whatever path it will be taking at that stage.

The NIHE Dublin attracts students of a very high calibre. Of the first intake, 40% are women and 55% of the students come from outside of the greater Dublin area. While they are mostly Leaving Certificate students, the NIHE Dublin has a commitment to mature students. Between 5-10% of the intake are people who have worked for a number of years before deciding to return to study and acquire specialised skills.

The NIHE Dublin has a appointed a Head of Industrial Liaison which underpins its commitment to

Serving the needs of the community through industry and through business.

An RTÉ News report broadcast on 11 November 1980. The reporter is Kevin O'Kelly.