Third Level Fees: Returning Emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 15th, 2019 by steve

IrelandPeadar Tóibín (Meath West, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills his views on whether it is acceptable that a family that was forced to emigrate to Australia in 2012 due to the recession and has now returned home is liable for international fees in third level institutions here (details supplied); and his plans to ensure that this charge is changed and that persons who have had to emigrate are not affected in such a manner …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 14 May]

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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)

[, 15 October]

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Cases of non-EEA students who wish to remain in Ireland to be heard

Posted in Legal issues on June 23rd, 2017 by steve

Ireland“The Supreme Court has agreed to hear appeals by the Minister for Justice with significant implications for many non-European Economic Area people who stayed after coming to Ireland as students before 2011 and wish to continue living and working here. In a published determination, a three judge Supreme Court said it was ‘self-evident’ the issues raised are of general public importance …” (more)

[Mary Carolan, Irish Times, 23 June]

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Schools discriminate against ‘new Irish’, study warns

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on March 19th, 2014 by steve

“Researchers at NUI Galway (NUIG) have identified an emerging ‘achievement’ gap between Irish and ‘new Irish’ secondary school students which they have linked to discriminatory school enrolment practices. The NUIG Whitaker Institute study, which focused on Galway as the most culturally diverse area in the State, says this will result in a significant ‘under-representation’ of children of migrants in third-level institutions …” (more)

[Lorna Siggins, Irish Times, 19 March]

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UK may offer visas to foreign benefactors of universities

Posted in Governance and administration on January 14th, 2014 by steve

“Visas for overseas millionaires will be auctioned to the highest bidders or ‘sold’ in exchange for donations to hospitals and universities, under proposals by the UK Government’s official migration advisers …” (more)

[Universities News, 14 January]

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Almost half employment permits issued to IT sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 30th, 2013 by steve

“Almost 1,700 employment permits have been granted to non-European citizens in the tech sector so far this year to plug a skills shortage …” (more)

[Pamela Duncan, Irish Times, 30 December]

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Firms look abroad as graduates here lack key skills

Posted in Governance and administration on December 22nd, 2013 by steve

“Highly qualified Irish graduates are failing to crack the jobs market – all because they lack specialist skills …” (more)

[Mark O’Regan, Independent, 22 December]

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A bad deal for returning emigrants

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 5th, 2013 by steve

“Sir, – I am appalled to learn that my son, who has been living and working abroad for the past three years, will now be treated as an international student if he wishes to return to Ireland to study …” (more)

[Gillian Marron, Irish Times, 5 October]

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Regularising third level fees for migrant families will ensure greater fairness – Deputy Jonathan O’Brien

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 26th, 2013 by steve

“Sinn Féin Education Spokesperson Jonathan O’Brien TD has welcomed this week’s announcement by the Department of Education and Skills (DES) that migrant families living in Ireland will be treated in the same way as any Irish student who enters third level education …” (more)

[Sinn Féin, 26 July]

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Fee Change For Migrant Students A Key Step For Equality – Ó Ríordáin

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 25th, 2013 by steve

“Labour TD Aodhán Ó Ríordáin has today welcomed an announcement by the Minister for Education Ruairi Quinn that will see a much fairer approach being adopted to calculating fees for some migrant students …” (more)

[Aodhán Ó Ríordáin, 25 July]

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Migrants win concession on third level education fees

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 25th, 2013 by steve

“Migrant families living in Ireland have won an important educational concession, winning the right to be treated the same as any Irish student entering third level education …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 25 July]

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Minister Quinn announces changes to third level fees to benefit migrant students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 25th, 2013 by steve

“Major policy change to recognise the rights of new Irish citizens. The Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn TD, has today announced changes in the fees arrangements for migrant students living in Ireland …” (more)

[Department of Education and Skills, 25 July]

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Innovation Talk: New revenue streams vital for higher education

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on July 8th, 2013 by steve

“The HEA believes undergraduate numbers could grow by as much as 25% over the next decade if demand continues as it is, but where are these students to go? …” (more)

[Dick Ahlstrom, Irish Times, 8 July]

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Inaccessibility and marginalization in Ireland’s Higher Education System

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on June 21st, 2013 by steve

“The OECD Review of Migrant Education Ireland 2009, p. 9 describes how ‘Immigration is a relatively new phenomenon in Ireland. Between 8 and 10% of students in Irish schools have an immigrant background representing many countries, cultures and languages’ …” (more)

[Irish Student Left Online, 21 June]

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First MOOC on theme of Irish identity

Posted in Teaching on April 10th, 2013 by steve

“A new free MOOC, which presents a broad overview of Ireland to visitors before they arrive, is being designed by Hibernia College in association with The Gathering …” (more)

[Education Matters, 10 April]

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Right to attend college urged for asylum-seekers aged over 18

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on April 4th, 2013 by steve

“Irish people will ‘look back in horror’ at how unaccompanied minors who came to Ireland seeking help and safety were treated, a conference in Dublin heard yesterday …” (more)

[Joanne Hunt, Irish Times, 4 April]

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Increasing the stay rate of international students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 16th, 2013 by steve

International“The knowledge economies of OECD countries require highly skilled people, whom they will lack due to ageing populations and falling interest among young people in sciences and engineering. Immigrants with the requisite skills are needed to fill the gaps …” (more)

[Hans de Wit and Nannette Ripmeester, University World News, 16 February]

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Public opinion could yet be our undoing

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 21st, 2012 by steve

“… For international students, our attitude towards them must seem ambivalent at best. Due to a clear split of opinion in government we now have a compromise – international students will be counted separately but will still contribute towards net migration targets …” (more)

[Jenny Shaw, wonkhe, 21 September]

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Flexible visa procedures put search for talent first

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on August 23rd, 2012 by steve

“Immigration is always a thorny subject and it often leads to very polarised opinions. In the area of research the international flow of people is a necessary condition for excellence …” (more)

[Conor O’Carroll, Irish Times, 23 August]

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Ministers ‘playing immigration numbers game’ by including students

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on May 14th, 2012 by steve

“Ministers have included overseas students in the government’s net migration count because they are more interested in playing the numbers game than with long-term migration, a leading thinktank has claimed …” (more)

[Alan Travis, Guardian, 14 May]

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