The new frontier for Irish higher education: Africa

Posted in Governance and administration on August 17th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“For the past decade or so, Irish universities with an eye on expansion have been looking towards Asia or the Middle East. Most major colleges now have formal links or satellite campuses spread right across the region and are attracting growing numbers of international students …” (more)

[Bill Corcoran, Irish Times, 17 August]

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Compulsory Dutch Looms for Foreign Students

Posted in Governance and administration on August 15th, 2019 by steve

“Universities in the Netherlands fear the government may force international students to do part of their degrees in Dutch, potentially decimating recruitment from outside the country. Several sources have told Times Higher Education that this is one of the ideas being considered by the country’s Ministry of Education, Culture and Science ahead of a policy announcement expected next month …” (more)

[David Matthews, Inside Higher Ed, 15 August]

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Chinese universities need to attract more foreign students, but not by treating them differently

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 6th, 2019 by steve

“Recent events have stirred debate over the treatment of international students in China. From special ‘buddy programmes’ for visiting students to lenient treatment of misbehaviour, many decry the apparent preferential treatment given to foreigners on campus …” (more)

[Wang Huiyao, South China Morning Post, 6 August]

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New immigrant registration system for students introduced

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 30th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Students from outside Europe who live in the greater Dublin area will be able to renew their immigration registration through a new online system from August 26th. Minister for Justice and Equality, Charlie Flanagan announced plans on Monday to replace the current system which requires Dublin-based non-EEA students to present in person at the Burgh Quay Registration Office of the Irish Naturalisation and Immigration Service (INIS) …” (more)

[Jade Wilson, Irish Times, 30 July]

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Students who paid thousands to study in Ireland left ‘high and dry’ after agency closure

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Language students, who in some cases paid as much as €4,800 to study here, have been left ‘high and dry’ following the sudden closure of an agency offering packages across the country. A large number of Brazilian students, who arranged to study in Ireland through ‘Time2 Travel’, have been left in limbo after the company ceased operations …” (more)

[Jess Casey, Irish Examiner, 21 June]

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Qualifications and Quality Assurance (Education and Training) Amendment Bill 2018 [Seanad]: Second Stage (Resumed)

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on June 13th, 2019 by steve

IrelandThomas Byrne (Meath East, Fianna Fail): Níl éinne eile anseo. B’fhéidir go gcríochnóidh an díospóireacht níos luaithe ná mar a chríochnódh sé de ghnáth. Fianna Fáil is committed to maintaining and improving the highest standards in education. It is intended to increase the number of international students and the number of students entering higher education in this country is increasing all the time. It is vital, therefore, that these students are supported by a high quality education system …” (more)

[Dáil debates, 12 June]

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Students from Brazil lost €1,750 on rental scam, Threshold says

Posted in Legal issues on May 24th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Housing charity Threshold has warned students to be cautious of bogus rental adverts, as part of a new ‘Scamwatch’ campaign. The charity, which provides support to tenants, has come across several cases where students from overseas lost money on rental scams. In two recent cases the charity dealt with students from Brazil who had been defrauded of €1,750, paid over in rent for a tenancy that did not exist …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 23 May]

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Big increases in number of international students in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 21st, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The number of international students travelling to Ireland for third-level education has significantly increased, with China the most popular country of origin, a new study has found. Irish universities have dedicated more resources to promoting themselves abroad as a destination for international students in recent years. Non-European Economic Area (EEA) students pay higher fees, generally of between €9,000 and €25,000, but for some courses such as medicine as much as €54,000 a year …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 21 May]

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EU students could face higher fees to study in UK from 2020

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 28th, 2019 by steve

“Charging EU citizens full international student fees to study in England risks ‘pulling up the drawbridge’ after Brexit, higher education leaders and opposition parties have warned, calling on the government to clarify its policy …” (more)

[Richard Adams, Guardian, 28 April]

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University challenge

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“A chara, – I read with interest the story on page one of your excellent newspaper that outlined the fears that universities have now apparently expressed that, due to State underfunding, there may have to be a cap imposed on the number of Irish students …” (more)

[E Dillon, Irish Times, 5 April]

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IUA fear fee-paying international students may replace Irish students at third level institutions

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 5th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Irish Universities Association (IUA) have suggested the possibility of having to limit University places for Irish students in future years due to funding shortages within the sector. The IUA have attributed this possible move to the growing number of students in the sector, and lowered investment by the government …” (more)

[Peter Kelly, Trinity News, 4 April]

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Minister for Education and Skills Announces Development of Shanghai University Irish Studies Centre

Posted in Governance and administration on March 20th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD has today Wednesday, 20 March, announced the development of an Irish Studies Centre at Shanghai University, deepening further the links between UCC and China. UCC was one of several Irish third level institutions present when the Minister witnessed the signing of Memorandums of Understanding with Chinese education partners during Minister McHugh’s St Patrick’s Day programme …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 20 March]

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Minister McHugh Witnesses Signings of MoUs between Irish and Chinese Higher Education Institutions in Beijing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The Minister for Education and Skills Joe McHugh TD today (Monday March 18th) witnessed the signing of a number of Memorandums of Understanding between Irish higher education institutions and Chinese education partners during his trip to China as part of the Government’s programme of St Patrick’s Day visits …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 18 March]

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International Students Four Times As Likely to Use Counselling

Posted in Governance and administration on March 7th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“International students are four times more likely to use medical and counselling services than Irish students, the College has said. Speaking to The University Times, Senior Tutor Aidan Seery said: ‘A bit of research has been done and an international student who is here for at least a year is four times more likely to use the services of the medical centre or counselling than a local student …'” (more)

[Aisling Marren, University Times, 7 March]

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French universities resist fee hike for international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 26th, 2019 by steve

“Several universities in France say they will not impose an increase in tuition fees for students outside the European Union, in defiance of a government decision. The universities, which depend for much of their income on the government, say they were not given enough notice about the change in policy, which is supposed to take effect in September …” (more)

[RFI, 23 January]

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Colleges’ reliance on the fees from foreign students laid bare

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on January 18th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The growing reliance of Irish third-level colleges on fees from foreign students and other non-State funding is laid bare in a new report out today. Third-level enrolments hit a record high of 232,000 in 2017/18, including 17,237 non-EU students, according to data from the Higher Education Authority (HEA) …” (more)

[Katherine Donnelly, Independent, 18 January]

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Irish students studying in the UK to receive tuition fees support post-Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 11th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“The government has confirmed it will continue supporting students applying to universities in the United Kingdom as well as Northern Ireland pupils wishing to study here after Brexit. Pupils from Northern Ireland expressed concern over whether they will be treated as non-EU students after the UK leaves the European Union in March, meaning they would have to pay much higher fees …” (more)

[, 11 January]

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Student ‘frustrated’ over Irish university fees uncertainty

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 2nd, 2019 by steve

“Northern Ireland pupils applying to start university in the Republic of Ireland this year do not know how much they will pay in tuition fees. That is because it is still unclear if they will be treated as non-EU students after Brexit …” (more, video)

[BBC News, 2 January]

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How I Spend My Money: A Trinity PhD student on a €6,000 stipend who’s having second thoughts about moving to Ireland

Posted in Life on December 31st, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Occupation: PhD student. Age: 31. Location: Dublin. Salary: €6,000. Monthly pay (net): €500. Monthly expenses: Rent: €700. Household bills: Included in rent. Transport: €24. Phone bill: £10 (so €11.27) …” (more)

[, 30 December]

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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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