Number of international students here growing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The number of international students in third-level colleges in Ireland is growing. The figure is expected to rise even more rapidly post-Brexit, when, apart from Malta, Ireland will be the only English-speaking country in the EU. There were 23,127 foreign students in publicly-funded colleges in the last academic year, up from 19,679 two years earlier, according to data from the Higher Education Authority …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 December]

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Leaving Cert students can gain CAO points with new PE subject

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Second-level pupils entering fifth year in September will be the first to get marks in the Leaving Certificate – and CAO points – for performance in sport, dance or other physical activity. The long-awaited Leaving Cert subject of Physical Education (PE) is being introduced, initially to about 50 to 60 schools next autumn, and will be examined for the first time in 2020 …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 11 December]

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Are returned emigrants not Irish enough for free university fees?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The consequences may have been unforeseen, but the outcome is still hard on some Irish who go abroad. A rule made by the Department of Education to limit the number of foreigners availing of ‘free fees’ at Irish universities means that Irish people living outside the EU for as little as three years can face high costs to pursue second or post-graduate degrees at an Irish college. It should be changed …” (more)

[Colum Kenny, Irish Times, 11 December]

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Modern languages strategy offers exciting blueprint

Posted in Teaching on December 11th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – One of the most important and far-reaching documents in late-modern Ireland was launched on December 4th, 2017 (News, December 4th). To almost universal indifference. This is an immense pity as Languages Connect: Ireland’s Strategy for Foreign Languages in Education offers an exciting blueprint for the repositioning of Ireland in the wider world …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 11 December]

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