New scheme to allow former students from outside Europe to stay in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on October 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“People from outside Europe who previously came to Ireland to study may be able to stay here under a new scheme. The Justice Minister has announced details of a new programme which is open to non-EEA nationals who studied here between 2005 and 2010 …” (more)

[, 15 October]

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‘I can’t look towards a future here unless rent crisis is sorted’

Posted in Life on October 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“I moved to Ireland from India to study a Masters in UCD because this country had been sold as a land of opportunity and there are many positives here. But the quality of life here isn’t good due to high rent and lack of homes. I spend 30% of my salary on rent …” (more)

[Shashank Kumar, Independent, 11 October]

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97% Increase in Trinity Students Studying Outside Europe

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 9th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The number of Trinity students taking part in exchange programmes outside Europe has increased by 97% in the last five years, The University Times has learned. In an email statement to The University Times, the College’s Vice-President for Global Relations Prof Juliette Hussey said …” (more)

[Emma-Louise Nolan, University Times, 8 October]

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International students and the GNIB

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“Sir, – The thousands of international research students at UCD share the frustration of scheduling an appointment with the Garda National Immigration Bureau (GNIB). The only option is to go through the online system, entering name, purpose for stay (study), nationality, and passport number …” (more)

[Carl Bindenagel, Irish Times, 2 October]

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University of Limerick welcomes almost 3,000 international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

“The University of Limerick will welcome almost 3,000 international students to campus this year, as part of a programme the university estimates is worth more than €21 million to the region …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Limerick Leader, 1 October]

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For International Students, the Recent Re-Entry Visa Reform Is an Unnecessary Stress

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on October 2nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The recent change to Ireland’s re-entry visa process, namely the discontinuation of the online appointment system, unnecessarily re-complicates a system that until now, was moving in the right direction. It reflects a fundamental misjudgement on the part of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS), and could have a knock-on effect for Ireland’s recruitment capabilities …” (more)

[Jake Gilchrist, University Times, 1 October]

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Trinity international students suffer health problems from mouldy apartment in Kavanagh Court

Posted in Governance and administration on September 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Two international students living in Kavanagh Court have suffered health problems due to mould growing in their apartment according to the Irish Independent. The claims emerged this morning when the Irish Independent published images showing the extent of the mould …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland, University Times, 15 September]

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Minister Bruton leads Education and Trade Mission to Malaysia and Indonesia

Posted in Governance and administration on September 15th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Enterprise Ireland education mission to include the signing of several new bilateral agreements between Irish Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) and Malaysian and Indonesian universities. The Minister for Education and Skills, Richard Bruton TD, will today lead a five day Enterprise Ireland education mission to Indonesia (17th and 18th September 2018) and Malaysia (19th-21st September 2018) …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 15 September]

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What’s attracting 1,000 Irish students to the Netherlands this year?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Life on August 18th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“As Leaving Certificate students around the country await Monday’s CAO offers in the wake of their results, there’s a chance that some of their peers have already started their third-level education. At Leiden University College (LUC) The Hague in the Netherlands, four Irish students are among the 200-plus first year students beginning their introduction week at the English-taught institution …” (more)

[Kayle Crosson, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Dramatic Instability in International Higher Education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 12th, 2018 by steve

International“The sudden rise in nationalism and populism in many countries has implications for higher education. The announcement that the Saudi Arabian government threatens to withdraw scholarships from 7,000 Saudi students headed to Canadian universities in a few weeks because of statements made by the Canadian foreign minister critical of human rights in Saudi Arabia is the latest …” (more)

[Hans De Wit and Philip G Altbach, Inside Higher Ed, 11 August


International students may face insurance hikes following High Court case

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on June 27th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Health Insurance Authority (HIA) are currently involved in a High Court case to determine the insurance requirements of international students. Study and Protect are opposing this case, alongside their underwriters Chubbs, as they insure the majority of international students in Irish universities. Should the HIA be successful, it will lead to increased financial pressures on international students …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 27 June]

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Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD and her counterpart the Minister of Higher Education, HE Dr Rawya Al Busaidi sign a Memorandum of Understanding

Posted in Governance and administration on May 14th, 2018 by steve

“The Minister for Higher Education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, TD, has today, in Dublin, signed a memorandum of understanding in the field of Higher Education cooperation with her counterpart from the Sultanate of Oman, the Minister of Higher Education, and HE Dr Rawya Al Busaidi …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 14 May]

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Why accommodation is a key barrier to studying abroad

Posted in Governance and administration on May 13th, 2018 by steve

“The benefits of study abroad have long been known – the positive impact is so widely accepted that the European Union is currently working towards the ambitious target of having 20% of all students enjoy a mobility experience. We are still far from that figure, but luckier students find themselves propelled out into the world during the course of their studies. Generally, they return more independent, self-reliant, adaptable, culturally aware, multilingual and so much more …” (more)

[Rosie Birchard, University World News, 11 May]

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College proposes replacing EU student places with non-EU places to increase revenue

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Trinity’s Chief Financial Officer Ian Matthews has proposed the replacement of EU student places with non-EU places as part a range of income raising initiatives. Other proposals include placing a capital levy on EU undergraduate students subject to government approval, and the sale of a College building …” (more)

[Ciaran Sunderland and Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 21 March]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor leads largest Education Mission to India to date

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 24th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Over 2,000 Indian students expected to participate in Education in Ireland fairs in 5 Indian cities. India is now fastest growing market for recruitment of third level students. Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD Minister of State for Higher Education arrives in New Delhi, India today (Friday 23rd February 2018) to lead the ‘Education in Ireland’ trade mission to India …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 23 February]

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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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College approves 5% increase in fees for postgraduates and non-EU undergraduate students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 25th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“College has approved a 5% increase in fees for postgraduates and non-EU undergraduate students. The College’s Finance Committee decided on the increase at a meeting on September 22 …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 24 October]

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Inside Trinity’s Elite Accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on October 21st, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When the Global Room announced that Trinity’s Accommodation Office had negotiated exclusive contracts for the newly established student property Kavanagh Court, it felt like a relief for many international students. Trinity had finally seemed to meet the desperate accommodation demand from overseas …” (more)

[Jannik Lorenzen, University Times, 20 October]

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Could Brexit cause problems for Irish universities?

Posted in Governance and administration on September 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The effects of Brexit and the consequences it will have on third-level students are still only emerging. Britain’s decision to leave the EU will have wide ranging ramifications for university life both at home and abroad …” (more)

[Daniel Forde, University Observer, 23 September]

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Why US college students are flocking to Connemara

Posted in Life on September 15th, 2017 by steve

Ireland“When Prof Deborah Wickering comes across the name ‘Tully’ back in Michigan’s Grand Rapids, her heart skips a little beat and she thinks of Connemara. ‘There are several children with that name over here now – but our dean of social sciences was walking the pier one day and met a dog owner who had called her animal after Tullycross’, she says …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 14 September]

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