Is Ireland’s International Student Bubble About to Burst?

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 18th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The interruption of lectures twinned with a sharp decline in international students has precipitated a cash flow problem for the majority of Irish universities, Trinity not least among them. With Queen’s College Belfast chartering literal planes to fly in foreign students and societies seeing corporate sponsorship dry up, the business model by which Irish universities have coasted on appears to be hitting a fork in the road …” (more)

[Ciaran Brennan, The Burkean, 18 October]

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Language students taking classes online should receive refund on fees, says council

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on September 23rd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“Students who have paid for English languages classes but must return to online learning in light of the latest restrictions should be entitled to a partial refund on their fees, the Irish Council for International Students (ICOS) has said …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 23 September]

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English language schools should suspend recruitment, Department says

Posted in Fees, access and admissions, Governance and administration on August 28th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“English language schools should suspend the recruitment of international students until 2021, the Department of Further and Higher Education, Research, Innovation and Science has recommended. In a three-page letter sent to language school representative groups as part of talks regarding the sector’s reopening, the Department said it would welcome ‘a voluntary moratorium’ which would put a stop to the enrolling of new international students to English language schools in Ireland …” (more)

[Jessica Doyle, Irish Times, 28 August]

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English language schools face precarious future as Covid-19 hits student numbers

Posted in Governance and administration on August 2nd, 2020 by steve

Ireland“International English language students have made headlines in recent weeks due to doubts about their visas and the quality of online classes. Their teachers are also facing unclear futures due to the continuing pandemic; some are teaching online for six hours a day, while others are facing permanent unemployment …” (more)

[Jessica Doyle, Irish Examiner, 1 August]

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Language schools warn of Covid-19 job losses and hit to economy

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on July 17th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“At least 75,000 fewer foreign students will come to Ireland this year due to coronavirus restrictions, according to an organisation representing English language schools …” (more)

[Mark Hilliard, Irish Times, 17 July]

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Language Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on July 10th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDonnchadh Ó Laoghaire (Cork South Central, Sinn Fein): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills her views on the issues facing the language school sector in view of the fact that 70% of its revenue is generated during their peak season from March to September but the schools have remained closed during this time; the supports which will be put in place to assist English language teaching organisations with these issues; and when these schools can reopen in view of the fact that they have not been included in the Roadmap for Reopening Society and Business …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 7 July]

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English Language Training Organisations

Posted in Governance and administration on June 19th, 2020 by steve

IrelandDarragh O’Brien (Dublin Fingal, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if he has published guidelines for the reopening of English language schools following the phased reopening of society; if so, if the guidelines will be provided; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 16 June]

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Language Schools

Posted in Governance and administration on June 11th, 2020 by steve

IrelandMichael Moynihan (Cork North West, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills the position regarding the timeframe for the reopening of English language schools; the supports his Department can provide to the sector in view of the impact of Covid-19 on it; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 9 June]

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English Language Students in Ireland Still Deep In Crisis

Posted in Governance and administration on June 10th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“The English language teaching industry in Ireland is facing an unprecedented catharsis, as a result of the impact of Covid-19. Schools, teachers and students have all been very badly hit. So what does the future hold for the different stakeholders? And can Ireland ever get back to a situation where this driver of multi-culturalism can thrive again? …” (more)

[Shamim Malekmian, Hot Press, 10 June]

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English Language Training Organisations

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

IrelandPádraig O’Sullivan (Cork North Central, Fianna Fail): To ask the Minister for Education and Skills if consideration will be given to including English language teachers in the Covid-19 working group for the English language education sector; and if he will make a statement on the matter …” (more)

[Dáil written answers, 3 June]

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New measures introduced to help English language foreign students in Ireland

Posted in Governance and administration on May 26th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“English language students who are stuck in Ireland because of Covid-19 will be allowed to remain as long as they re-enrol in an online course of study for the remainder of the academic year. Students who left the State before completion of their studies due to Covid-19 may return and resume their studies, according to new measures introduced by the Department of Justice …” (more)

[Ronan McGreevy, Irish Times, 26 May]

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English language schools appeal for Government support

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

Ireland“English language schools are seeking support for the sector from the Government so they can plan a strategy to recover from the shutdown. They say there is no timeframe in the Covid-19 road map for when they can reopen …” (more)

[RTÉ News, 22 May]

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English language students in ‘precarious situation’ as courses stall

Posted in Governance and administration on April 16th, 2020 by steve

Ireland“More than 1,000 foreign language students have been left thousands of euro out of pocket following the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic, with many living in overcrowded settings and no means of securing an income, according to an online survey …” (more)

[Sorcha Pollak, Irish Times, 15 April]

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Student travel group and language schools have liquidators appointed

Posted in Governance and administration on March 28th, 2020 by steve

“The company behind Usit and the English Studio language schools in Dublin and London has applied to have a provisional liquidator appointed to the businesses. Usit is a brand long associated with students here, many of whom got their first taste of the United States as teenagers through J1 work visas secured via its outlets …” (more)

[John Mulligan, Independent, 28 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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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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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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Ministers Breen and Mitchell O’Connor announce the establishment of Joint Labour Committee for the English language education sector

Posted in Governance and administration on December 3rd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Minister for Trade, Employment, Business, EU Digital Single Market and Data Protection Pat Breen TD, has formally accepted the recommendation of the Labour Court for the establishment of a Joint Labour Committee for the English language education sector. He made the announcement today together with Minister of State for Higher Education Mary Mitchell O’Connor TD …” (more)

[DBEI, 2 December]

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Teachers ‘highly critical’ of English language schools

Posted in Governance and administration on July 22nd, 2019 by steve

Ireland“Teachers working in commercial English language schools are poorly paid, on precarious contracts and employed in a sector where low morale is commonplace, according to a Government report. The findings are contained in a report by an independent mediator who was tasked by Minister of State for higher education, Mary Mitchell O’Connor, to engage with teachers and employers on employment standards in the sector …” (more)

[Carl O’Brien, Irish Times, 22 July]

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RCSI set to get university status 235 years after it started training surgeons

Posted in Governance and administration, Legal issues on July 12th, 2019 by steve

Ireland“More than 200 years after it started training surgeons, the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland (RCSI) is set to become a university following passage of reforming education legislation. The legislation increases the powers of the Quality and Qualifications Ireland (QQI) the agency which has responsibility for quality and qualifications in further and higher education …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 11 July]

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