Study in Ireland - A strong network of research institutes with focus on innovation is the major reason behind Ireland’s steady rise as an attractive study abroad destination for international students. The numbers say it all. The country currently has over 23,000 international students enrolled in its various public universities reflecting an increase of over 60% in the last four years.
In this series of #Eye on the Globe, Barry O’Driscoll, Marketing Advisor, Education in Ireland, speaks to Careers360 about the current higher education trends in Ireland and what are the factors that make the country a major education hub for international students.
Below are the edited excerpts from the interview:Q. How many Indian students head to Ireland for higher studies? Is there any increase in number? A. Ireland is emerging as a large hub for Indian professionals with a community of over 20,000 Indians living there. In the academic year 2013-2014, there were over 23,000 international students enrolled in publicly funded higher education institutions in Ireland. This represents an increase of over 60% compared with the 2009-2010 figures. There are students from a significant number of countries from around the world who come to study in Ireland. The biggest number are coming from six key places; India, China, US, Brazil, Malaysia, the Gulf. The number of Indian students studying in Ireland has risen particularly in the last five years due to an increased awareness of Ireland, its culture and the strong post study employment opportunities.Q. Tell us about institutes/ universities promoting technology entrepreneurship in Ireland. A. Ireland is a country where innovation permeates both the industrial and academic spheres. There is a strong network of research centers that bring partners together from higher education institutes and private sector, both SMEs and multinationals. The collaboration often leads to new technology being developed and ‘spun out’ in the form of a new start-up venture. There are 14 key research areas prioritized by the government, including data analytics, digital platforms, connected health, medical devices, renewable energy and sustainable food production. Q. Is the education and stay in Ireland affordable? A. Yes. Tuition fees for courses in Ireland range between â¬8,000 and â¬22,000 per year and the cost of living for students is pegged between Rs 5 lakh & Rs 8 lakh per year; which makes the minimum annual cost of education for Indian students around Rs 15 lakh. Many institutions also provide scholarships for international students.
Q. Share with us about the VISA norms for Ireland & special Visa Stay back Programmes for Indian Students?A. The student visa in Ireland offers ‘one year stay back’ followed by completion of studies. This guarantees students the opportunity to remain in Ireland for a period of one year to seek employment in dynamic sectors such as ICT, biopharmaceutical, medical devices, food science and financial services. The possibility of gaining valuable post-study work experience makes Ireland a very compelling option for the Indian students.
Q. Scholarships play a key role in the choice of a programme abroad. However with options galore, is there a mechanism which eases one’s search for financial needs? Please share us about the benefits of scholarships provided by the government for students?A. In total, there are currently over 220 scholarships dedicated to Indian students. There are a number of scholarships available for international students - some are from the Government of Ireland, but the majority is offered directly by the Irish higher education institute. These are awarded at the discretion of the individual organizations that set down their own criteria for eligibility. Students are advised to contact the institution or organization of their choice directly, to obtain more detailed information.
Q. What are the job prospects for an Indian student after completing studies? A. All institutes have careers offices. These can assist with advertising jobs and works placements and some have dedicated career fair for this purpose. Certain undergraduate programmes also have the option of work placements which international students find very useful.
The Irish NFQ system is compatible with the ENIC-NARIC (European Network of Information Centres/National Academic Recognition Information Centres), which facilitates the recognition of academic qualifications throughout Europe and internationally in countries such as the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand.
Q. Is there work while studying option available for Indian students? A. Yes indeed. The Irish student visa permits students to take up casual employment while studying in Ireland. During term time, students can work up to 20 hours per week and during normal college holidays period students can work on a full time basis up to 40 hours per week. Some of our institutes offer 4 year undergraduate programmes with the third being a paid work placement often, within the multinational sector. Experience has proven that by end of the undergraduate studies, performing skilled graduates are very well placed for full time positions in that company.
Q. What is your message for Indian students who wish to study in Ireland? A. Ireland offers great value for money for Indian students and the chance of a hugely valuable educational experience. Students who are looking to widen their horizons; academically, professionally and culturally should definitely consider Ireland.
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