Concern over Queen’s University’s Saudi partnership

Posted in Governance and administration on February 12th, 2019 by steve

“Concerns have been raised over Queen’s University’s plans to enter a partnership with a Saudi Arabian university. The move will see a number of Queen’s academics provide training to staff at Princess Nourah Bint Abdulraham University (PNU) …” (more)

[BBC News, 12 February]

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Dublin City University ‘reviewing relationship’ with Saudi university

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

Ireland“Dublin City University is reviewing its relationship with a Saudi Arabian University in light of the ongoing controversy over the murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi …” (more)

[, 4 November]

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DCU rules out men in adverts for three academic posts

Posted in Governance and administration on February 20th, 2018 by steve

Ireland“Dublin City University has said it will consider only women candidates for three academic posts it has advertised in Saudi Arabia. The university plans to hire a lecturer in data analytics, an adjunct lecturer in advanced practice nursing, and an assistant professor in marketing. All will teach at Princess Nourah bint Abdulrahman University, or PNU, the world’s largest women-only college, in Riyadh …” (more)

[Jack Power, Irish Times, 20 February]

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Irish medicine and the House of Saud

Posted in Governance and administration on December 8th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“The activities of Irish postgraduate training bodies in countries with poor human rights records, notably Saudi Arabia, are prompting questions within the medical profession …” (more)

[Catherine Reilly, Medical Independent, 8 December]

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Russia tops league for number of visas to study in Ireland

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on October 24th, 2016 by steve

Ireland“Russia tops the league table for the number of study visas to Ireland issued over the last three years, followed by Saudi Arabia, China and India. India had the highest number of visas refused for an individual country …” (more)

[Marie O’Halloran, Irish Times, 12 October]

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Gender discrimination, Dublin City University style

Posted in Governance and administration on March 29th, 2015 by steve

Ireland“There was, quite properly, a massive outcry about the very intrusive health questionnaire from NUIG. However, what has crept under the table without any debate as far as I can see is a series of adverts ‘for women only’ …” (more)

[Brian M Lucey, 29 March]

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Minister Ruairí Quinn gives keynote at Saudi higher education conference

Posted in Governance and administration on April 15th, 2014 by steve

“Minister for Education and Skills, Ruairí Quinn delivered the keynote address to the 5th International Exhibition and Conference on Higher Education (IECHE) in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia today …” (more)

[Grainne Rothery, Business and Leadership, 15 April]

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Ireland can’t cope with international competition in the higher education sector

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on January 13th, 2013 by steve

“… The Irish are worried however, according to the article, because they can hardly cope with the competition of other English-speaking countries. From their most important recruitment country, China, there were 10% less students in Ireland this year and in India they just can’t get their marketing campaigns off the ground …” (more)

[Wittenborg University, 9 January]

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Saudis tour institutes of technology

Posted in Governance and administration on February 24th, 2011 by steve

“A delegation from Saudi Arabia has begun a tour of institutes of technology following a recent trade mission …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 24 February]


Saudi students will ‘create jobs and boost the economy’

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on November 3rd, 2010 by steve

“A new scholarship programme that will see Saudi students transfer to Irish Technology colleges will ‘create jobs and boost the regional economy’ …” (more)

[Shane Hulgraine, Silicon Republic, 3 November]

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The strange case of Citywest, 750 Saudi students and the disputed contract

Posted in Teaching on March 2nd, 2010 by steve

“There was much fanfare when a new college, Citywest Institute of Education, unveiled ambitious plans last month to bring 750 Saudi students to Dublin. But the Saudi ministry for higher education deny all knowledge of the deal. What’s going on? …” (more)

[Gráinne Faller, Irish Times, 2 March]


Saudis deny contract for students in Citywest

Posted in Fees, access and admissions on February 27th, 2010 by steve

“The Ministry of Higher Education in Saudi Arabia has denied that it agreed to send hundreds of students to a new private college in Citywest, Dublin. The Mansfield Group, headed by businessman Jim Mansfield, announced last week that it had secured a contract with the ministry under which 750 Saudi students would attend its new Citywest Institute of Education …” (more)

[Grainne Faller and Sean Flynn, Irish Times, 27 February]


Developing relationships with Saudi Arabia

Posted in Governance and administration on February 25th, 2010 by steve

“… The day proved a tremendous success in terms of enabling all parties to become familiar with one another and in building the personal relationships that are so central to international partnerships. The ambassador had an opportunity to visit some of AIT’s research and innovation facilities, the new engineering and informatics complex, as well as meet with the 25 Saudi students who have been attending AIT since September last year. The students who are undertaking full-time undergraduate programmes in engineering, science and business, have integrated remarkably well into campus life and especially into life in the Irish midlands …” (more)

[Ciarán Ó Catháin, A President’s Notebook, 25 February]

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750 Saudi Arabian students to study English here

Posted in Teaching on February 20th, 2010 by steve

“Some 750 Saudi Arabian students are to begin studying English in Dublin this April at a new institute of education. The Citywest Institute of Education, developed by businessman Jim Mansfield, in Saggart, has secured a contract with the ministry of higher education in Saudi Arabia to tutor the students in English. The contract is worth €250 million to the company over six and a half years …” (more)

[Fiona Gartland, Irish Times, 20 February]


Saudi students to generate €19m for economy

Posted in Teaching on January 24th, 2010 by steve

“The Saudi government is planning to send 120 students to Ireland this year, a move that would generate almost €19million for the Irish economy. The Minister for Education and Science, Batt O’Keeffe, is also pushing for Irish students to be funded to carry out postgraduate research in Saudi Arabia …” (more)

[Martha Kearns, Sunday Business Post, 24 January]

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