Ireland opens its doors for Indian students; announces Back-to-Campus plan 2021

JNS: Education in Ireland, the national brand for Enterprise Ireland responsible for promoting Irish Higher Education Institutions overseas, has announced a virtual showcase on Saturday to promote the 2022-23 academic year in Ireland.

The Education in Ireland Showcase is an official Government of Ireland event exclusively for India and Sri Lanka. At the event, prospective Indian and Sri Lankan students will have the chance to speak privately through text and video chat with Irish higher education institutions, who will help them plan their dream of studying in Ireland.

The virtual showcase for Ireland also serves as an opportunity for students and parents to learn about the admission process, understand the visa process, and offer the 2-year post-study stay back to international students.

The event will include a virtual seminar room with Irish Visa Office representatives and student ambassadors.

Ireland’s Ambassador to India, Brendan Ward, said, “Ireland has already vaccinated 90% of its adult population, including students. This makes it a suitable time for the country to welcome back students from all around the world to pursue their third-level education here.”

“For the arrival of international students as well as during their stay in Ireland, all Irish higher education institutions gathered together to establish safety standards. Ireland is looking forward to seeing its employees and students once again on campus.”

Students and parents will be able to personally interact with 20 of Ireland’s top higher education institutions that offer globally recognized UG and PG programmes in Business, Science, Engineering, and Humanities. Officials from the Irish Visa Office in New Delhi will also participate in the event.

Barry O’Driscoll, Regional Manager, India & South Asia for Education in Ireland, mentioned, “Ireland is committed to providing excellence in education and to making students job and market-ready for the future.

Education in Ireland’s third edition of the Virtual Showcase will present students with an opportunity to explore and find suitable courses and job prospects by interacting virtually and directly with representatives of Irish higher education institutions.”

“According to the OECD report, Ireland will be the least affected economy in Europe following the pandemic and is expected to grow 7% this year. While COVID-19 has posed numerous hurdles for international students seeking to study abroad, students continue to plan for their future and invest in their education in Ireland. Presently 35,000 students from 160 countries around the world are studying in Ireland, including 4000 from India. 85% of Indian students have chosen to stay back in Ireland for work since the beginning of the pandemic.”

A year later, Ireland is opening again and accepting back its international students in September 2021 as part of the Irish government’s back-to-campus phased plan, which will include face-to-face teaching.

Talking about education in times of COVID-19, O’Driscoll added, “Irish HEIs will ensure the safe and managed arrival of all international students into Ireland for the academic year 2021-22, prioritising the public health of students, staff, and the wider community.”

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