International Students Made Up 10% of Scholars This Year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 11th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Some 10% of the students who were awarded Foundation Scholarships this year were international students, down from the 16% who received the honour in 2017, The University Times has learned. The figure was obtained in a freedom of information request by The University Times. In 2017/18, around 16% of students are non-EU students …” (more)

[Ciaran Molloy, University Times, 11 December]

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Language Schools Closures

Posted in Governance and administration on December 7th, 2018 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the protections available to students and staff when an English language training school faces financial difficulty in view of media reports (details supplied) and in view of the significant budget that has been set aside to market Ireland as a destination for English language training; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 6 December]

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Department of Justice accused of failing to keep proper oversight on English language schools

Posted in Governance and administration on December 6th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The Department of Justice has been accused of failing to keep proper oversight on English language schools as up to 10 Mongolian students face losses of more than €5,000 each in fees paid upfront to a Dublin college. They look unlikely to be refunded after paying the equivalent of almost two years’ salary in Mongolia to attend English language courses at Grafton College, which went into liquidation on Monday …” (more)

[Niall Murray, Irish Examiner, 6 December]

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Lunchtime rally at Dublin language school where staff not paid

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“More than a dozen teachers and staff from the Grafton College English language school have ended their overnight occupation of the building in Portobello in south Dublin. Union representatives will hold a rally on Tuesday at 12.30pm in solidarity with the teachers at the school …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Sarah Burns and Brian Hutton, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Grafton College teachers ‘resolute’ over unpaid wages after being locked out of building

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“A group of teachers who had been occupying an English school in Dublin since last night have been locked out of the building. The Portobello school went into liquidation yesterday leaving staff without a job and owed one month’s pay …” (more)

[Irish Examiner, 4 December]

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Losses at Grafton College firm increased by €400,000 last year

Posted in Governance and administration on December 4th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“The company that operates Grafton College in Dublin recorded a loss of €507,464 last year, having lost €99,651 in 2016, according to its accounts. The company is owned by a housewife in London who shares an address there with one of its directors, according to Irish and UK company records …” (more)

[Colm Keena, Irish Times, 4 December]

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Staff unpaid as fears rise over college’s fate

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Up to 28 staff at a language school have not been paid amid fears it has closed down. The union representing some of the teachers at Grafton College in Portobello, Dublin appealed to the Department of Education to step in and ‘not to wash its hands of this’ just weeks before Christmas …” (more)

[Laura Lynott, Independent, 3 December]

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Brexit, Irish Higher Education and research: challenges and opportunities

Posted in Governance and administration on November 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“With the uncertainty around Brexit affecting all sectors of the economy, its effect on education in the UK as well as Ireland remains a major unknown. The Higher Education Authority (HEA) has released a report laying out the possible aftermath of Brexit based on currently available information …” (more)

[Shivani Shukla, University Observer, 29 November]

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France’s New International Education Strategy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 23rd, 2018 by steve

“On Monday, Campus France (which is roughly equivalent to Canada’s CBIE, if CBIE were an arms-length government agency) published its new Stratégie d’attractivité pour les étudiants internationaux. It’s an intriguing document for a couple of reasons so I thought I would talk a bit about it today …” (more)

[Alex Usher, HESA, 23 November]

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Underfunding in higher education leaves Ireland unequipped to deal with Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on November 22nd, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Many Irish commentators have stated that some Irish businesses and institutions will benefit from Brexit, in the form of multinationals relocating here. The Republic of Ireland and the United Kingdom have long historical ties in nearly every regard, whether they be social, political or economic …” (more)

[Gavin Tracey, University Observer, 21 November]

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French universities to offer more courses in English to attract foreign students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 20th, 2018 by steve

“France wants to boost the number of foreign students at its universities by more than half over the next decade and will offer more courses taught in English to attract them. Prime Minister Edouard Philippe, announcing the plan on Monday, said increasing the number of foreigners studying in the country would help build French influence overseas …” (more)

[CNA, 20 November]

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110% Increase in Non-EU Students Attending Trinity

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 30th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“After major internationalisation efforts in College, the number of non-EU students studying in Trinity more than doubled between 2011/12 and 2017/18, The University Times has learned. A memorandum circulated to Finance Committee by Trinity’s Vice-President for Global Relations, Juliet Hussey, showed that College had achieved 98.5% of its target …” (more)

[Brónagh Kennedy, University Times, 30 October]

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Minister Mitchell O’Connor leads Education Mission to the United Arab Emirates (UAE)

Posted in Governance and administration on October 29th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Minister Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD Minister of State for Higher Education is today embarking on an education mission to the United Arab Emirates (30th October to 1st November). The Minister will meet with a number of key partners, including her counterpart, HE Dr Ahmad Belhoul Al-Falasi …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 29 October]

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‘A Legally Constructed Underclass of Workers? The Deportability and Limited Work Rights of International Students in Australia and the United Kingdom’

Posted in Legal issues on October 28th, 2018 by steve

Abstract: International students have not traditionally been the focus of labour law scholarship, in part because their central purpose in a foreign country is to study rather than work. It is also generally accepted that there is no special reason to focus on international students as a distinct category of workers. This article attests to the particular vulnerability of international students in domestic labour markets, drawing on a comparative study of government policy and practice in relation to international students in Australia and the UK. Immigration rules in both jurisdictions frame the manner in which international students engage in the labour market during their studies. These rules restrict the hours in which international students can engage in paid work during semester, and if breached can result in the international students being deported from the host country. This has the effect of limiting the job market for international students, increasing the power of employers and reducing the likelihood international students will report exploitative work. Instead of strict work hour limits and deportation for breach, governments should rely on other regulatory mechanisms for ensuring international students are present in the host country for the purpose of education rather than work.

Joanna Howe, A Legally Constructed Underclass of Workers? The Deportability and Limited Work Rights of International Students in Australia and the United Kingdom, Industrial Law Journal, https://doi.org/10.1093/indlaw/dwy021. Published: 24 October 2018.

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Hundreds of Chinese students to graduate through Maynooth University venture

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 17th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Maynooth University has announced a partnership with a major Chinese university which will see 1,200 Chinese science and engineering students graduate with its qualifications over the coming years. The alliance, designed to grow Maynooth’s number of postgraduate students by 60% over the next five years, will see it establish a joint international college of engineering with Fuzhou University in Fujian province …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 17 October]

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€1.1 million spent on international student recruitment by College

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 16th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“College spent over €1.1m on recruitment of non-EU undergraduate and postgraduate students during the 2017/18 financial year, starting October 1 2017 to July 31 of this year. The figures were obtained after a request under the Freedom of Information (FoI) Act …” (more)

[Niamh Lynch, Trinity News, 15 October]

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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)

[BreakingNews.ie, 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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