Coronavirus: ‘The Irish Government takes care of people and hopefully that includes me’

Posted in Life on March 26th, 2020 by steve

“When Ella Klahr Bunnell moved from Boston to Belfast last September, she wasn’t nervous about living so far from her family. A recipient of a Mitchell scholarship to study on the island of Ireland, Bunnell had already spent five years as an undergraduate student at Stanford University …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 24 March]

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Thousands of students stranded at university amid UK lockdown

Posted in Governance and administration on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“Thousands of students are stranded in universities across the UK as a result of the coronavirus pandemic, prompting calls for support from vice-chancellors. Among them are international students from all over the world who have been unable to get flights home, and UK students who are stuck because they have no other home to go to, either because they are care leavers or are estranged from their families …” (more)

[Sally Weale, Guardian, 24 March]

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UCD President Warns of ‘Very Severe’ Financial Impact for University Over COVID-19 Pandemic

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 24th, 2020 by steve

“UCD President Andrew Deeks has said that the potential long-term impacts of COVID-19 for UCD could be ‘very serious’ and have a severe impact on the university’s commercial activities. The President has appealed to recruitment staff to ensure international students, who make up over 20% of UCD’s annual income, attend the university next year …” (more)

[Conor Capplis, College Tribune, 24 March]

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Statement from the Department of Education and Skills for students in the English language education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on March 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Covid-19 outbreak is a rapidly evolving situation and the welfare of all students is a priority for the Department of Education and Skills. This is especially the case for those students from overseas who have travelled to Ireland to study English and who may be particularly vulnerable at this time …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 22 March]

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Western Universities Rely on China. After the Virus, That May Not Last.

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2020 by steve

‘In Britain, the United States and Australia, the coronavirus could blow huge holes in the budgets of universities that have “become addicted to one source of income …” (more)

[Benjamin Mueller, New York Times, 21 March]

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English language students told they will not receive refund

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on March 19th, 2020 by steve

“English language students have been told they will not be refunded money they have paid in advance for classes following the closure of all schools last week to contain the spread of the coronavirus …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 19 March]

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‘Questionable at best’: Politicians criticise Trinity decision to remove students from campus accommodation

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“Politicians have criticised a decision to remove students from university accommodation with 24 hours notice. Trinity College in Dublin took the decision yesterday that all students must leave campus accommodation, Trinity Halls, and other linked private student accommodation in an effort to tackle the coronavirus …” (more)

[Aoife Moore, Irish Examiner, 17 March]

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USI President Hits Out After Trinity Tells Student Residents to Vacate

Posted in Governance and administration on March 17th, 2020 by steve

“The president of the Union of Students in Ireland (USI) has criticised Trinity’s decision to instruct students to leave College accommodation this week, calling the move ‘extremely concerning’ …” (more)

[Donal MacNamee, University Times, 16 March]

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Irish universities face financial black hole over coronavirus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 8th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Irish universities face losing tens of millions of euro in tuition fees from the impact of coronavirus due to large numbers of international students from China and elsewhere being forced to cancel or postpone enrolments. Sources across several universities say contingency plans being drawn up include delaying international student entry or providing online courses for these students until the virus threat subsides …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 8 March]

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China Recruitment Disrupted

Posted in Governance and administration on March 5th, 2020 by steve

“More than three-quarters (76%) of US colleges said that outreach and recruitment of students from China has been affected by the new coronavirus, according to a survey from the Institute of International Education …” (more)

[Elizabeth Redden, Inside Higher Ed, 5 March]

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American university cancels study trip to Ireland due to virus

Posted in Governance and administration on March 4th, 2020 by steve

“A group of American students on their way to Ireland to partake in a study-abroad programme have had their plans cancelled mid-journey due to the coronavirus epidemic. The party of 15 history students and three tutors from Mercyhurst University in Eerie, Pennsylvania was heading to Dungarva, Co Waterford, to spend their spring semester in the region …” (more)

[Christy Parker, Irish Examiner, 4 March]

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Algeria to fund hundreds of students to study at University of Limerick

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 25th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The Algerian government is to fund hundreds of PhD students to study at University of Limerick (UL) under a deal estimated to be worth up to €20 million. UL says the agreement is part of a move by Algeria to to move from French to English as the official language of teaching and learning in third level …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 25 February]

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‘Major disruption’ to student mobility from coronavirus feared

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2020 by steve

International“The deadly coronavirus outbreak could have a major impact on international student mobility, sector leaders have warned, after thousands of learners were left stranded in China. Australia, New Zealand, the US and Singapore were among countries that had banned entry to foreigners travelling from China as of the start of this week, while Japan and South Korea were denying entry to travellers from Hubei province, the centre of the outbreak …” (more)

[Jack Grove, Times Higher Education, 4 February]

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Chinese student in isolation in Waterford amid coronavirus fears

Posted in Governance and administration on January 27th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“A Chinese student who traveled to Ireland from Wuhan in recent days has been isolated as a ‘precautionary measure’ amid coronavirus fears. The patient, who is a student at Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT), arrived in Ireland yesterday, having left Wuhan before the city was locked down and is showing no symptoms of the virus …” (more)

[Denise O’Donoghue, Irish Examiner, 27 January]

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Coronavirus: UK universities issue quarantine warning to Chinese students

Posted in Governance and administration on January 24th, 2020 by steve

“British universities have warned students considering travelling home to China to celebrate Chinese new year that they risk being quarantined on their return. The University of Chester said it had warned its Chinese students in the UK that if they returned to their homeland they may not be readmitted without a suitable quarantine period …” (more)

[Nazia Parveen and Libby Brooks, Guardian, 24 January]

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Regulating language schools

Posted in Governance and administration on January 22nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – Francis Oliver Neary (Letters, January 20th) is correct when he writes that the proposed International Education Mark will provide quality assurance for international students. Unfortunately, despite the relevant legislation passing in the summer, it seems like it will be some time before the mark is fully implemented …” (more)

[Sarah Lennon, Irish Times, 22 January]

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USI lobby for lower health insurance costs for international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Legal issues on December 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Union of Students in Ireland (USI) are encouraging their members to lobby Senators to make amendments to the Health Insurance (Amendment) Bill 2019 that would prevent international students from facing significant rises in the cost of health insurance during their time in Ireland …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 17 December]

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Trinity increases spending on international student recruitment to €1.4 million

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 29th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“College spent over €1.4m on recruitment of non-EU undergraduate and postgraduate students during the 2018/19 financial year, starting October 1 2018 to July 31 of this year. The figures were obtained by a request under the Freedom of Information Act …” (more)

[Finn Purdy, Trinity News, 28 November]

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How Should Universities Respond to China’s Growing Presence on Their Campuses?

Posted in Governance and administration on November 5th, 2019 by steve

“Over the last several months, opponents of the ongoing protests in Hong Kong have clashed with protest supporters at universities across the world. In Australia and New Zealand, pro-Beijing students have occasionally shoved, doxed, and threatened peaceful protesters …” (more)

[ChinaFile, 4 November]

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Surge in number of international students attending third level

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The growth in the proportion of international students attending Irish third-level colleges is significantly outpacing that of Irish students, new figures show. International student numbers grew by 26% in the past three years, climbing to 14,412 this year. Irish student numbers grew by 5% over the same period, or some 122,257 in 2019 …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 24 October]

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