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Study in Ireland and you can stay back for two years to look for jobs

Indian students in Ireland are currently getting work experience in ICT, international finance, pharma and engineering

education Updated: Jul 03, 2017 15:51 IST
India has the fastest growing number of students in Ireland with 2,500 Indians currently studying in higher education
India has the fastest growing number of students in Ireland with 2,500 Indians currently studying in higher education (Getty Images/iStockphoto)

It appears that Brexit has created complications for the UK university sector (in terms of uncertainty around the appointment and retention of top international academics and researchers, and continued participation in EU funded programmes and collaborations). On the other hand, Ireland’s position as a centre of excellence in international education and a location for world-class research has been strengthened.

Growth of education sector in Ireland with respect to other countries

The Irish government’s international education strategy launched last year outlined an ambitious plan to increase the number of international students by a further 33% by 2020. Currently there are about 33,000 international students in Ireland’s higher education sector, from 160 countries. The most number of students come from the US, China, India, Middle East, Brazil and Malaysia.

Among these, India is the fastest growing in terms of student numbers, with about 2,500 Indians currently studying in higher education in Ireland. Around 90% of these study at postgraduate level. For the next intake (September 2017), it is expected that there will be an increase of 25% in student numbers from India. There is also now a particular interest among students and parents in going to Ireland for undergraduate studies. All of Ireland’s universities are ranked in the top 5% globally.

Post study work opportunities

Ireland recently announced a doubling of its stay back option for postgraduate students – from 12 months to 24 months. This means that on completion of studies, students can remain in Ireland for a further two years to look for suitable employment. Many Indians who have studied in Ireland recently have been fortunate to take advantage of the stay back option, and Ireland’s growing economy – they are getting great work experience in the booking sectors of ICT, international finance, pharma and engineering. Ireland is a great place, young, highly skilled graduate to kick start their careers, whether in Ireland’s dynamic indigenous sector or in one of the many multinational corporations that have operations in Ireland.

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The author is senior education advisor, Education in Ireland, the Irish government body that promotes Ireland as a location for higher education.