Written by Jennifer Aranda
Posted on October 28, 2016 | Updated December 6, 2016 |
Several years ago, Ireland was way behind Germany, France and the United Kingdom in the number of international students. Now, Ireland is gaining traction and starting to come into its own as a higher education destination for EEA and non-EEA nationals.
Ireland is gradually gaining a reputation for quality education among international students. In fact, an unofficial poll among international students who have chosen Ireland as their destination gave their reasons:
Ireland is the only English-speaking country in the Eurozone (Great Britain chose to keep its currency). So while Ireland does have its own language, Irish or Gaeilge, English is the language of commerce: one of the reasons why so many multinational businesses established their European head offices there.
This is an advantage for you as an international student because more countries (and companies!) are establishing English as their language of business, communications (across their branches) and technology.
Ireland implements a National Framework of Qualifications (NFQ) system of ten levels which is based on learning outcomes so you know what you will be expected to know, understand and accomplish once you have successfully completed a program.
Even more importantly, qualification can and do cross borders. In 2015 alone, there were 2,081 international academic collaborations with international partners.
The NFQ of Ireland is compatible with the European Network of Information Centres/National Academic Recognition Information Centres (ENIC-NARIC). In fact, the NQF of Ireland can be generally compared (at different levels though) against the:
You can rest easy knowing that the 5,000 or so courses, offered in 34 higher education institutions in Ireland across a broad spectrum of studies from medicine to the performing arts, are quality assured as these strictly adhere to the NFQ national standards.
According to the 2014 IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook, Ireland "is in the top 20 worldwide for its higher education system." Ireland in fact has been ranked:
You know that you will be in good hands when you study in Ireland as the Irish Government invests over €782 million annually in research in Ireland's higher education institutions. Hence, Irish universities are in the top 1% of research institutions in the world in terms of research impact in 19 fields, spanning natural sciences, social sciences and the humanities.
Study in Ireland at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels to join research programmes that drive innovation and change lives worldwide.
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Get an introduction to a culture that has contributed so much to modern society. Items ranging from weapons (the submarine, the guided missile) and ironically, to those used for saving lives (a treatment for leprosy, the modern stethoscope, the hypodermic syringe) were invented by Irish people. Small wonder that Ireland recently ranked high In the Good Country Index that measures a country's overall contribution to the world from arts and culture, to science and charity.
On a lighter note, Irish music has found resonance with Europe as Ireland has won the Eurovision Song Contest more times than any other country.
Ireland is a cultural hotspot, having produced four Nobel Laureates in Literature. Even though Ireland gained its independence from Great Britain in 1922, the country has a rich and enduring culture which the Irish try to preserve. Visit the National Museum, ancient forts, castles and tombs to get a sense of Irish history dating centuries.
Join 35,000 international students from 161 countries enjoying Ireland's vibrant culture!
According to Enterprise Ireland (the Irish Government agency responsible for the development and growth of Irish enterprises in world markets), over 1,000 Foreign Direct Investment companies have established operations in the country. These would be Google, HP, Apple, IBM, Facebook, Linkedin, Twitter, Pfizer, GSK and Genzyme.
All these firms require skilled, educated and capable people. When it comes to job opportunities, there are many in Ireland especially if you consider the following figures of how many multinationals have made Ireland their European hub:
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Ireland was just ranked 7th by IMD World Competitiveness Yearbook 2016 as a place to do business, doing better than Netherlands, Norway, Canada, Germany, New Zealand, Australia and the United Kingdom. This is according to the reputable and highly respected IMD World Competitiveness Center. In fact, Ireland has more venture funding available in the EU-15 countries according to a 2014 Global Entrepreneurship Monitor report. If entrepreneurship is something you're interested in and you'd like to discuss your concerns and celebrate successes with your peers, then Ireland is for you.
In 2010, Lonely Planet named Ireland the friendliest country in the world. In 2013, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) added Ireland in the top 10 in its Better Life Index in that more citizens were satisfied with their lives and scored high in volunteering time, donating money and helping a stranger. In 2014, the Global Peace Index rated 158 countries on concerns such as conflict, safety and security and militarization and ranked Ireland as the 13th most peaceful country. Experience living in one of the friendliest and safest countries in the world.
When settlers from Ireland first saw New Zealand, they were struck and were homesick by how much the islands were similar to their own Emerald Isle. And that's because Ireland's dramatic panorama of land, sky, seascapes, and evidence of a magnificent history will take your breath away. There's something for everyone from rugged, mountains and breathtaking lakes to lush, pastoral farmland and bustling, modern cities with pockets of old-fashioned cobbled streets which you can find all over Europe. And remember, when you study in Ireland, you are only a few hours away from outstanding landscapes from stunning scenery.
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