Irish third level sector needs ‘significant funding’ to capitalise on Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 1st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Third level institutions will find it difficult to cater to the demand from Erasmus students who are opting to study in Ireland instead of the UK due to Brexit, the Seanad Special Select Committee on the Withdrawal of the UK from the EU has heard …” (more)

[Aine Kenny, Irish Times, 31 May]

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International Student Exchange Will Be ‘More Inclusive’ Than Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 8th, 2021 by steve

“A new international student exchange scheme will provide more opportunities for US students and be more inclusive than its predecessor, according to the UK’s universities minister. The EU’s long-running Erasmus program gave students the chance to study abroad, as well as running an exchange scheme for staff …” (more)

[Nick Morrison, Forbes, 7 May]

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We shouldn’t take the independence of our universities for granted

Posted in Governance and administration on May 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The great Renaissance humanist Erasmus said he longed to be a citizen of the world. I’ve always liked this quote because it sums up so much of the university ideal. Universities have been reaching out into the world for centuries – something that benefits both the institutions themselves and the country as a whole …” (more)

[Patrick Prendergast, Irish Times, 4 May]

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Irish Erasmus students to have hotel quarantine paid for by State

Posted in Governance and administration on April 13th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“About 500 Irish college students studying in EU countries which have been added to the mandatory hotel quarantine list are set to have their accommodation paid for by the State under new plans. The move to add five EU member states – Austria, Belgium, France, Italy and Luxembourg – to the quarantine list has sparked alarm within higher education due to the costs facing returning Irish students …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 12 April]

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Government should pay for returning Erasmus students’ €1,850 hotel quarantine, MEP says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on April 11th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The Government should cover the €1,850 cost of mandatory hotel quarantine for Erasmus students returning to Ireland, an MEP has said. Fianna Fáil’s Billy Kelleher commented on the matter following the Government’s decision last night to add several EU countries to the ‘high-risk’ Covid-19 list …” (more)

[Brendan Kelly Palenque, Independent, 10 April]

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Universities search for the new normal after Brexit

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 2nd, 2021 by steve

“German and United Kingdom representatives of universities and higher education organisations have discussed the post-Brexit future of UK-German academic relations, including how to plug the glaring gap in the UK’s Turing Scheme, the replacement for participation in the European Union’s mobility and exchange scheme Erasmus+ …” (more)

[Michael Gardner and Brendan O’Malley, University World News, 1 April]

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Erasmus replacement: Welsh students to get new scheme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 21st, 2021 by steve

“A new international study programme for students at Welsh universities will start next year, ministers have said. It will be developed by Cardiff University in collaboration with education and youth sector partners ahead of its launch in 2022 …” (more)

[BBC News, 21 March]

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Students Must Ask What Universities Would Look Like in a United Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on March 17th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“With recent polls in the North showing near-equal support for reunification and for union with Britain, it is important for those of us studying in the Republic to consider the effects a united Ireland might have on third-level education here …” (more)

[Fionnán Uibh Eochach, University Times, 16 March]

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NI students could be able to avail of Erasmus scheme in September

Posted in Governance and administration on March 15th, 2021 by steve

“Third-level students in Northern Ireland have reacted positively to plans to give them access to the Erasmus programme post-Brexit, Ireland’s Further and Higher Education Minister has said. Simon Harris said talks have been under way between higher education institutions (HEIs) on both sides of the border about Northern Ireland students taking part in the EU’s student exchange scheme through Irish colleges and that early indications are that students are interested in taking up the offer …” (more)

[Michelle Devane, Belfast Telegraph, 15 March]

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Britain’s withdrawal from Erasmus+ will hinder its relationship with Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 25th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Speculation on whether or not the UK would remain within the EU and EEA’s student mobility programme, Erasmus+, has ensued since the UK voted to leave the European Union in 2016. A last-minute decision resulting in the United Kingdom resolving to stop participation in all aspects of Erasmus+ will have the potential to damage the UK and Ireland’s relations on top of Brexit alone …” (more)

[Laura Galvin, Trinity News, 25 February]

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ERASMUS le linn na paindéime: taithí ar leith nach n-athróinn riamh

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 7th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Má tá sé d’ádh ort an deis a bheith agat tabhairt faoi Erasmus an seimeastar, nó an bhliain acadúil seo chugainn is cinnte go mbeidh lóistín ar cheann de na príomhrudaí le socrú agat sula mbuaileann tú bóthar …” (níos mó)

[Caroline Ní Shíochainn, College Tribune, 6 February]

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Erasmus+ Programme

Posted in Governance and administration on February 5th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRose Conway-Walsh (Mayo, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the steps he is taking to protect the access of Northern Ireland applicants to the Erasmus programme; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 February]

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Dodds to meet Irish education minister over NI students taking part in Erasmus

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 4th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Economy Minister Diane Dodds is to meet the Republic’s Higher Education Minister to discuss NI students taking part in the Erasmus scheme for European study. UK students can no longer participate in the Erasmus programme, which funds third-level academic study in the EU and other projects …” (more)

[Margaret Canning, Belfast Telegraph, 4 February]

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Erasmus+ Programme: UK Citizens

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 23rd, 2021 by steve

IrelandRobert Troy (Longford-Westmeath, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if a UK citizen living in Ireland for the past 20 years can still participate in a course in Sweden under the reciprocal agreement between EU countries …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 21 January]

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Ireland could attract up to 16,000 more Erasmus students – Seán Kelly

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 21st, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Fine Gael MEP Seán Kelly says Ireland could attract up to 16,000 more Erasmus students following the UK’s decision to leave the programme. He’s calling on Irish third level institutions to seize the opportunity of now being the biggest English-speaking destination in the EU …” (more)

[James Cox, BreakingNews.ie, 20 January]

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Brexit can give Irish colleges a boost says MEP Sean Kelly

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 18th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“Irish colleges can get an unexpected boost this year, thanks to Brexit. Ireland South MEP Sean Kelly says over 100,000 EU students came to Britain last year to study under the Erasmus programme …” (more)

[Radio Kerry, 18 January]

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Erasmus+ Programme

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 16th, 2021 by steve

IrelandRóisín Shortall (Dublin North West, Social Democrats): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he will provide information and clarity regarding the prospects of third-level students of studying abroad in the 2021-2022 academic year given the current Covid-19 pandemic; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 January]

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Erasmus uptake significantly lower than typical semester

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 12th, 2021 by steve

Ireland“The number of Trinity students choosing to study abroad this year has taken a significant hit amid concerns over Covid-19. Only 159 students are travelling abroad on an Erasmus exchange this semester, which is a major drop compared to the usual uptake of the programme. Similarly, only 45 students are on an international non-EU exchange this term …” (more)

[Lauren Boland, Trinity News, 12 January]

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Why has the UK ditched participation in Erasmus+?

Posted in Governance and administration on January 2nd, 2021 by steve

“The loss of UK access to the Erasmus+ programme post-Brexit has inspired widespread sadness and anger in the UK. The reactions have run the gamut of ‘Erasmus changed my life’ to ‘it will blow a hole in the UK economy’, ‘many employers deeply value the kind of international experience the Erasmus scheme helps foster’ and regret for losing out on the chance of ‘ensuring that we are viewed as an open, tolerant and welcoming country to the rest of the world’ …” (more)

[Anne Corbett, University World News, 1 January]

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Funding NI Erasmus students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on December 31st, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Sir, – The proposal to spend €2.1 million of tax money to fund Northern Irish students on the Erasmus scheme is unacceptable. The idea that our Government could contemplate funding students in the UK …” (more)

[Letters, Irish Times, 31 December]

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